There is so much hatred and fear filling the airwaves and news feeds these days. Fear does not look good on the people of God. We are suppose to dress ourselves in with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience and over all that wear the coat of love. (Col. 3:12, 14)
Right now thousands of mamas and children are starving to death in displacement camps after escaping ISIS in Fallujah. I’m thankful for organizations like Preemptive Love Coalition, a global movement of peacemakers changing the way we engage the world’s most polarizing conflicts by confronting fear with acts of love.
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The following is the text from my sermon on June 12, 2016 at FBC JC. The lectionary text was Psalm 5. You can also listen to the audio file here.
Sit up straight. Shoulders back. Stop slouching. Both feet on the floor.
Some of you just heard your mother’s voice and, without thinking, adjusted your posture.
Those are but a few of the marching orders of proper posture. Last week on our senior trip to Virginia we had a discussion one night over dinner about the “elbows off the table” rule. There is an old saying, “Mable, Mable, strong and able, keep your elbows off the table, this is not a horse’s stable, but a fancy dining table.” Any of you ever heard that before?
None of us around the table knew the official reason “no elbows on the table” is proper but we took some guesses. In the end most of us decided it was a stupid rule and proceeded to shovel food into our mouths like pigs at a trough.
Over the years I’ve been instructed and corrected many times about proper posture. I tend to slouch. Sometimes I work at my computer as if there’s a 40-pound monkey sitting on my shoulders. At home on the couch, I tend to tuck my legs up under me and lean to the left. Years of improper posture have caught up and, on occasion, my body will gently and kindly let me know that I’ve broken posture rules and we need to go see our friend, the chiropractor.
As annoying as it can be, proper posture does matter but not just physical posture. Posture definitely means a position of a person’s body but it also means a particular way of dealing with or considering something; an approach or attitude. So not only is physical posture important for living well but so is our mental, emotional and spiritual posture. How we orient our minds and our spirits. What position we place our entire being in as we live each day and encounter varied situations and circumstances. And if we don’t practice proper posture things become out of balance. Our bodies are out of balance. Our minds and emotions are out of balance. Our faith is out of balance.
Early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray and to concentrate my thoughts on you:
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness, but with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you patience;
I do not understand your ways, but you know the way for me …
Restore me to liberty, and enable me so to live now
That I may answer before you and before humanity.
Lord, whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised.
– a prayer by Dietrich Bonhoeffer