April 11, 2009

APRIL 11 – RESURRECTION

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By Ann Hostetler, professor of English
SCRIPTURE: Acts 10:34-43 (NRSV) Scroll down for complete Scripture.

DEVOTIONAL: In this passage, the writer of Acts shares a radical new insight — that Christ’s message breaks through borders of nation and creed, not with military might, but with the power of love. In our own era, we are charged with spreading the message of a loving God not only across borders, but through time, enacting Christ’s love afresh in the context of our own world and in our daily lives. I offer the following poem as a meditation on Christ’s resurrection in our own time.

Resurrection

A young man walks
at the edge of the Arabian Sea
son of a deposed governor
homeless refugee

all day he listens
to the stories of other refugees
he knows Somali Arabic English
translates for the UN

he himself has survived
the crossing to Yemen
on a pirate ship
for what?

Barely a man himself
he decides the fates of families
who is worthy of work of protection
whose children get to eat

He opens his weary heart to the light
spilling across the water
feels a presence at his side
no longer alone

he tells his story
to a young woman working for peace
The light moves through her
her family offers to help

soon he is crossing a continent another ocean
to learn another system
find a way to bring healing home
carrying a light

that shines through his face
into the lives of others

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SCRIPTURE: Acts 10:34-43 (NRSV)

Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ — he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’

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Comments (2)

  1. I love the poem you selected – I will use it for meditation. Happy Easter

    Karen Flaherty April 11, 2009 |
  2. I love the line of your meditation, “In our own era, we are charged with spreading the message of a loving God not only across borders, but through time, enacting Christ’s love afresh in the context of our own world….” It reminds me of a line from a Bob Bennet song speaking of Christians “standing hand to shoulder in an unbroken line” linked through time. It is such a poignant image to me as I imagine my ancestors in that unbroken line and the heritage given to me; the heritage of being Christ’s love in this world and in this time. Am I carrying his love forward in my time? Have I shown my children Christ’s love in abundance that they, too, will stand in this line through time? Have I helped to bring others to join?

    Julie April 11, 2009 |