Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Lent 5, Romans—The Spirit of God dwells in us

Lent 5, Romans—The Spirit of God dwelling in you

You are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you…
Rom 8.9

As Christians, we naturally wonder what God would want from us in a given situation. What would be pleasing to God? We often think we have to create something new, but sometimes it’s important to look around us and see where God is already at work in the world and join in. Pause—Where have you seen
God’s spirit alive in your own world today?

One of the sure signs of God’s spirit at work is where people seek reconciliation.

In Palestine/Israel, in the midst of such troubles and suffering, mighty acts of reconciliation are happening every day. Suffering people—Jews, Muslims, Christians, Israelis and Palestinians—are building bridges, listening to one another’s stories, and forging deep bonds of understanding, symbolically tearing down the wall that is being built to divide them.

One such family lost their daughter, granddaughter, niece, in a suicide attack in Jerusalem in 1997. This family had long been peace activists, from the early days of the country, when the mother refused to live in a Palestinian home that was offered to them. The Peled family has along history of Zionist commitment and sacrifice for the building up of Israel, and also a strong tradition of getting to know the Arabs who lived on the land before them.  

Miko and Nurit
When Nurit Peled-Elhanan lost her daughter Smadar to the suicide bomber, she consoled herself by speaking out against the occupation and the violence it creates. She and her husband Rami reached out to Palestinians who had also lost loved ones. Her brother Miko, living in California, saw their devotion to reconciliation had helped to heal their wounded hearts, and he began his own journey of getting to know Palestinians.

His book, The Generals Son, tells their family’s story and his own transformation into a peace activist.

Miko Peled will be in Denver this weekend:
  • Sunday, April 6, 3:30 pm
  • at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E Alameda, Denver
Come hear his story and witness the Spirit of God at work, transforming grief into reconciliation, peace and hope. http://sabeelcolorado.org 

Gracious God, we thank you for your son, who showed us the world you desire for us. Lead us to those places where you are at work in the world, bringing peace and reconciliation. Give us the courage to join in and the strength to endure. Amen.

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