Thursday, August 20, 2009

engaged holiness

At the heart of engaged holiness is the Jesus Creed: that we're to love God with all our being and doing, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. This is the watchword for us as God's people in Jesus in this world.

What does engaged holiness look like? Really caring about what is going on with our spouses, and our children and their children- to begin with. But it goes out into our neighorhoods, caring about those around us. And our fellow workers, and brothers and sisters in Jesus. And for all people ultimately. Especially having regard for the poor and the oppressed, high on God's agenda as we see in Scripture. Loving truly with actions.

Instead of throwing up our arms in despair, it's finding out what we can do, then doing it. As we pray the prayer the Lord taught us to pray.

What would you like to add here?


Anonymous said...

And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

that is a very scary line to me, for i would think that many of us have not forgiven as we should, or maybe not as we think we may have.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Yes, nAncY. To be in this world and following Jesus will require continuing forgiveness of others, and they of us. And this continued prayer to God, for sure.

The Lord's Prayer is a heavy one, indeed. Good, necessary, and a prayer of faith.