Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Great Commission

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20


Weary and feeling unprepared we go
empty pockets not sure of where we'll stay
lead by the spirit and following the command
we go into the world offering God's love.

Full and zeal and conviction we go
expecting to convert and convince
we force our message on kind strangers
we leave as empty as we were full.

Our mission and our going are gifts
our loving and the spirit is given freely
God goes with us in our incompletelness
and recovers the broken pieces in us
and the mess we have often left behind.

God's love is given freely
we are carriers however weak or strong
we are revitalized morning by morning
and showered with miracles like spring pollen
strengthened when the load grows too heavy
and compassion wells up within us
despite our fear and trembling
in the most distance places God is there.

God is there and God has sent us
God finds us and God seeks us
bidden or unbidden God is there
and we carry a precious gift given
we freely give God's love and trust
that God will make our message hit home.

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