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Embracing the New Life of Hope

Hope brings light into the darkness, here and now, according to these lectionary reflections by Jim Wilson.



The 10th Sunday after Pentecost C August 1, 2010 (Green)

Hosea 11:1-11, Psalm 107:1-9, 43, Colossians 3:1-11, Luke 12:13-21

“Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town … God led them by a straight way until they reached an inhabited town. For God satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry God fills with good things. Let those who are wise give heed to these things, and consider the steadfast love of the Lord.”  Psalm 107:4, 7, 9, 43 (NRSV)

“So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” Colossians 3:1 (NRSV)


Alone, the night pitch black,

hungry, thirsty, frightened,

tomorrow most uncertain,

the present moment lingering on and on,

then, ah that great then,

a candle flickering in some yonder window,

inviting, cajoling, pleading,

for our presence within the sanctuary of hope


A stranger sits at table head

pouring wine with unbridled recklessness,

smiling as a sip is shared across the common lines,

noting not male or female, barbarian, Scythian, Jew or Greek,

slave or free, or even an orthodox pedestrian, raising the glass of welcome (Col.3:11)

a toast of welcome raised in honor of the wanderer

now fully ensconced in the community

lighting those candles that hope might live


Out then into the universe,

the path well lighted,

welcome stations all about with doors flung open,

the dark of that former trail left in the distant path,

a new creature dancing down the eternal highway,

led by God,

embracing the new life of hope


Raised with Christ, not something for out there, rather the essence of right now, finding then that inhabited town, that community of hope, living freely into the eternal presence of the holy, now. Jim Wilson

Note: Jim Wilson is a retired United Methodist minister with a close connection to PTS.

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