Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Beloved, life is lived fully in the grace of the community of God and witness, and this by faith and faith alone. It is this relationship, rooted in faith, that gives life her definition and her character. Her color and her hue. Those stress points and stretch points becoming angles of wisdom revealing a peculiar albeit a queer faith.
Reflecting upon the joys and sorrows of a life lived to its fullest I wonder shall anyone be willing to come out and experience the God of the infinite and the intimate, of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Rumi, Muhammad, Mary, Mother Theresa and Jesus? Shall anyone hear the invitation of the divine and say yes, oh yes to the creator, sustainer and rock of life herself. Who shall have the courage to hear and receive? I think this to be difficult, even challenging without the spirit of God employed, as the desire for safety, comfort, familial relationships and most of all the familiarity of this world become the primary concern of the day.
The one who is willing to hear and receive God's calling must come out of their comfort zone to meet God on God's terms. Beloved "Coming Out" is a daily occurence, a sacred space of trust not to be taken lightly. The one who chooses to come out shall receive a sincere blessing seldom found in bastions of comfort and ease. The one who answers the love of God must embrace the words, "the cross before me, the world behind me" with all sincerity and license, a song sung yet seldom believed, interpreted to give solace and comfort. Surely beloved resting and loving in the bosom of God and the community of God and witness becomes that most holy sacred space of joy.
Rev. Monica Joy