Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours, no feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which to look out
Christ’s compassion to the world;
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good;
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men [and women] now.
This poem is attributed to Teresa of Avila, a sixteenth-century Spanish mystic, composed by her in a letter sent to her nuns toward the end of her life …
Good Folks, it is Friday, January 31, 2020. This is the last day of the first month of a new decade. Or does the decade begin in 2021?
This poem reminds me of the question asked for all candidates for ministry on the road for ordination, What is the nature of the Church? If you ask ten persons this question, you will receive ten different answers. Trying to remember what I said, it most likely was something similar to: being the hands and feet of Christ to the world.
As long as I can remember, even during my season at Perkins School of Theology, it was an Incarnational Theology that made practical sense to me of what we should always be about. You can espouse the different theological perspectives all day long, but how can it be put into a daily way-of-life?
You can talk about the molecular configuration, density, properties, and its possible uses, but until you jump in the pool and get wet, you just really know what you can do with water. The same it is with what God has entrusted to each of us: creation from the Creator.
So it is with the Church, The United Methodist Church.
It is easy to let others do the work of the church, but then, have we been faithful to our vows?
Now is the time to earnestly pray for courage, an extra measure of faith, patience, wisdom, generosity and anything else God deems is necessary for each of us to be faithful in our respective ministries.
I pray God’s blessings upon you and yours always.
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)