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Deacon Diana’s Message

Those of us taking EFM, have been discussing the prophets of the Old Testament and Jesus of the New

Testament and how they give us hope for today.

What is a prophet? It is someone who listens to the word of God and speaks the message to the world. They

tell us who God is, what God wants from us and how we are to bring peace and justice to the world. They

challenge old assumptions within the cultural community. They are the voice of those who have no voice and

they always take us back to unity with God, not away.

Contemplative Richard Rohr said "Prophets turn our ideas of success and belonging on their head,

emphasizing God's unconditional and unmerited love in response to our shortcomings. God is always breaking

the approved “rules of God” by forgiving sinners, choosing the outsider or the weak, showing up in secular

places."

Jesus was a prophet who challenged and critiqued the status quo of the times. He invited the disciples to

follow Him and we believe that He invites us today.

While we are not prophets of old who risked all that they had to bring God's message to His people, we are

the people who God is counting on to listen to the message and take it to our own small corners of the world.

We are the people who can take action to change the status quo and establish God's kingdom of justice and

peace right here. We can take the truth of God's grace into a community that is suffering. We can bring hope

to the hopeless by being present with them and encouraging them to become who they have been called bymGod to be. We can become the hands and feet of Christ in the world, loving our neighbors as ourselves.

As we move through the Lenten season this year, there will be opportunities at St. James to hear God's

message and experience God's love and grace through worship, study, and outreach within the church. We

will live, die, and rise with Christ. These opportunities will feed our spirit and fill our cups to the brim. But, we

will also spend much of our time with our families, friends, and in the secular world. It is here in the outside

world of the "prophets" that we can literally take the message of God's unconditional love for ALL His people

to the streets because we have the hope and truth of the resurrected Christ to share.

In His love,

Deacon Diana

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