Saturday, February 2, 2013

Ground Hog Day 2013

Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise. Galatians 3:23-29

We have been traveling for days now. We arrived in New York last evening and were met by Emily at the train station. Leaving Boston, we felt like we were leaving familiar ground and arriving here we felt we had also arrived at home. Tomorrow we will travel on to be with my Mom, and that is truly a home reception feeling. Moving has provided us with a sense of belonging in many places, although it can also instill a sense of loss and wandering. As the train speed along and we gazed on the ocean, I was reminded that we do belong here or wherever we are, because we are children of God. The little groundhog pulled out of his home to face the sun was probably truly put out, but we can enjoy the light wherever we are and in whatever season.

Paul, writing to the Ephesians, was one who by birth, belonged among the chosen people. He knew how people liked to separate us from them and enjoy a sense of superiority over others. Outsiders are often distrusted and shunned, although fascinating and new. We are told that through Christ, we are not outsiders anywhere, in any community or family. We are members of the family and body of Christ. The restrictions once applied no longer hold sway. We are to know ourselves as children of the light, in all seasons and in all places.

Today, I ask God to help me be at home where ever I find myself, and to make home for those who are lost and wandering. May we live our lives not by judgement and criticism but with curiosity and fascination, opening our hearts to the people and places we encounter. May we know that we are never alone and never far from God, where ever we are today.

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