Let Go of Control; Let God’s life flow

Fr. Richard Rohr is a wise theologian and has the ability to speak clearly about messy things. In light of the end of the semester when finals, papers, projects, goodbye’s, and summer plans can be messy, he reminds us about how futile worrying is.

It is true that you are not in control, and it is also true that “For all your worrying, you cannot add a single moment to your span of life” (Luke 12:25).

If we cannot control the biggies—life and death—why should we spend so much time trying to control all the lesser outcomes? Call it destiny, providence, guidance, synchronicity, or coincidence if you will, but people who are connected to the Source do not need to steer their own life and agenda. They know that it is being done for them in a much better way than they ever could. Those who hand themselves over are well received, and then the flow happens through them, with them, and in them.

When you think you deserve, expect, or need something specific to happen, you are setting yourself up for constant unhappiness and a final inability to enjoy or at least allow what is actually going to happen. After a while, you find yourself resisting almost everything at some level to try to remain in total control. I think this pattern is entirely common and widespread.

Only when you give up your preoccupation with control will you be able to move with the divine flow. Without all the inner voices of resistance and control, it is amazing how much you can get done and not get tired. Giving up control is a school of union, compassion, and understanding. It is also a school for the final letting go that we call death. Practice giving up control early in life. You will be much happier and much closer to the truth, to the moment, and to God—none of which can be experienced when you presume you can be in control anyway.

Adapted from Adam’s Return: The Five Promises of Male Initiation,
pp. 161-163  Fr. Richard Rohr

after Easter – connecting Proverbs to Jesus.

Proverbs 10:12

“Hate stirs up conflict,

but love covers all offenses.”

How do you see this in your life?  Do you know people who stir up conflict? Do you know peaceful people that use love to settle drama?

How can we be reminded of this while in the moment?

After Easter, we can use this passage to look back at the story. How did hate stir up conflict for the Roman government? And for Jesus?

How did love cover all the offenses? Jesus covered the hate with love. Love for us and love for all.

Pray this week that you can be thankful for Jesus’ love and show it to others.

the beginning of the end

Each year at this time, I realized that I have sped through Lent and not taken time to process what it means to my personal faith in God. As this Holy Week begins, I invite you to take time to sit with these events, and meditate on what this means in your life.

Matthew 27:45, 46, 50
“From noon to three, the whole earth was dark. Around mid-afternoon Jesus growaned out of the depths, crying loudly, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?’………But Jesus, again crying out loudly, breathed his last.”

As you ponder these last moments, what wells up inside of you as you spend time with these events? Wonder? Grief? Disbelief? Be aware of your reaction and talk to Jesus about it. He is big enough to handle your questions, doubts and worries. As we sit with this sacrifice, take time to say thank you to a God who loves you enough to sacrifice his son for your life.

This Thursday, White’s Chapel will have a Maundy Thursday service at 7pm. Read more about this service here.

On Friday, White’s Chapel will have a Come & Go prayer time in Founders Chapel from 12-3pm. There were also be a Lenten Journey set up in The Bridge starting at 10am. It can be compared to the Stations of the Cross.

Easter Services are at staggered times: 9am – Sanctuary, 9:30am – Bridge, 10:15 – Sanctuary, 11 – Bridge, 11:30 – Sanctuary, 12:45 – Jazz Sanctuary

See you there!

the arrest.

Luke 22:47-53
While Jesus was still speaking, a crowd appeared, and the one called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him.48 Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Human One[a] with a kiss?”49 When those around him recognized what was about to happen, they said, “Lord, should we fight with our swords?” 50 One of them struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear.51 Jesus responded, “Stop! No more of this!” He touched the slave’s ear and healed him.52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders who had come to get him, “Have you come with swords and clubs to arrest me, as though I were a thief? 53  Day after day I was with you in the temple, but you didn’t arrest me. But this is your time, when darkness rules.”

Put yourself in the places of the characters in this story. As Judas, how would you feel?  As a disciple, how would you feel?  As an soldier, how would you feel?

If you were the one coming to arrest Jesus and a disciple cut your ear off, how would you react? How would you react when Jesus healed your ear?

Sit quietly with your hand on one of your ears. Think of yourself as someone who is about to injure Jesus, but instead heals you from your own injuries. Sit in that sense of being healed by God and being able to hear Jesus with willing ears.

 

(parts taken from The Message:Remix Solo)