Who acts in mission? Not us, as we might often think, but God. Br. Jim Woodrum encourages us – before looking to begin acting in mission – to first look around us and see what God has been doing in and around our lives.
Transcript: Well, often when we think of the work of mission, we think that we have to act and through our action, God responds, and actually, that’s flipped. God actually has set things in motion and we respond with what God is doing. It’s been that way since the beginning of time. In Genesis, we read that God set the world in the motion. He said, “Let there be,” and there was, and it was good. God established a covenant with Abraham. God reached out to deliver the Israelites from bondage in Egypt. And we as Christians believe that God actually entered into our human condition in the person of Jesus Christ to heal all that has separated us from God and each other.
So the mission of God has already begun, and our job is to then participate in that mission. But the first thing that we have to do before we can participate is to discern in our lives what God is doing. What has God been doing in the world? What is God doing in our communities? And in our lives? And perhaps in the lives of our family? So when thinking about, and praying with, participating in God’s mission, maybe you could ask yourself: “Where do I see God at work?”
– Br. Jim Woodrum
Question: Where do you see God at work?
Slowly writing out our words of love for another person can be a meditative practice that connects us in a deep way. This week, spend some time hand-writing a letter to God. What would you say? How might you express your love for God in words?