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upside down empire

Magi came from the east asking,
“Where is he who is born king of the Jews?
For we have seen his star at its rising
and have come to honor him.”
—Matthew 2.1-2

The magi did not seek comfort or even salvation.
They searched long for the One
who came to establish a “kingdom,”
to rule over an Empire
that would replace all our worldly ones.
Thus was Herod troubled.

Christ came to establish justice,
and to engage us in this work.
The miracle we celebrate in the nativity of Christ
is that God chooses ordinary, earthly people
to build a heavenly Realm.
God uses us to enact justice.

As fully as Jesus embodied God’s grace
and came to us for no other purpose,
let your life do the same.
Let all you do be for the sake of justice,
for the healing of the world,
for the supplanting of the empires of this world
with the Empire of God.
Let every choice reflect your baptism
“to resist evil injustice and oppression
in whatever forms they present themselves.”

If you feel like a small child in the face of a great army,
you are in holy company.
You are part of the body of Christ.
Powers from afar, who bear wisdom you don’t yet see,
know you, pray for you, help you and honor you.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come.”
Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

mother earth
father sky
mother birth
father time
peace will never come through human power
peace will only come when there is humility,
no desire for personal power

the circles of polarity are balanced
kindness is not weakness
weakness is not kindness
love is not enabling
enabling is not love
self care is not selfishness
selfishness is not self care

we cannot exist without each other,
I repeat:
female and male cannot exist without each other
equal: not interchangeable!
all souls equal

one true God
both mother and father
creator of all
breath of the world
light and life
male and female
we are one
when one suffers we all suffer
lead us

deliver us from what we think we want:
personal power.
deliver us from ourselves
allow us to glimpse with new sight
humble us to receive
reveal Yourself
forgive our arrogance
our lack of gratitude
our desire for power over others

even now,
bring us peace

ACL 10/13/14



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