Rev. Dr. Fran Bogle is a community chaplain and coordinates the Just Peace Player liturgical drama troupe.
Scripture: Psalm 111:2 (NRSV)
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
Reflection: We Are Great
This verse from Psalm 111 touches my heart in a myriad of ways. I am a reader who loves poetry, a learner who keeps studying, a teacher who invites others to study, a sharer of love, a worker for justice and one of the great works of God! We all are, for the spirit of God has touched us and the love of God is with us always.
When I open my heart to you as a wonderful work of God, I am delighted to see the sacred! I hope you are delighted to see the sacred in me too. In a country where racism, sexism, heterosexism, colonialism and rampant capitalism oppress us, where our democracy is under daily threat, in a world ravaged by a pandemic, I wonder what would change if we all turned to one another, and the other great works of God, and said out loud “I delight in you. You are a wondrous work of God.”
Perhaps George Floyd and Breonna Taylor would still be alive. Maybe the water in Flint, MI would no longer be poisoning the residents. Perhaps rhinos might come back from the edge of extinction. Maybe mountains would stop being fracked and plastic trash islands would be recycled. Who knows?
I wonder what would happen if we stopped studying and claimed we are God’s hands and feet called to work for justice in the world? What would change if we say the Holy One is laughing, crying, dancing, dying and acting with us to make the world a place of justice and love, delight for all of creation? Let’s try it and be delighted.
Holy One, help us remember we are your strong back, work-weary arms, callused hands and muscled legs. Through us, with us, you love and suffer, laugh and cry. When you call us to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with you, may we respond with delight. Keep walking with us please. Help us remember we are great, and we are called to be your co-creative partners in the redemptive work of justice every day. Amen
New Prayer Requests:
We ask churches and church leaders to join us in the following prayers either by sharing them during worship, printing them in bulletins, or sharing them in some other way. To make a prayer request, please contact Drew Page at email@example.com
Prayers of Intercession:
- For those grieving for the more than 436,000 dead due to the Covid-19 disease
- For the people of India where farmers clash with authorities of new laws
- For those without homes as a winter storm approaches New England this week
- For the family and friends of Rev. Dr. James Gustafson, who served in Northford, CT and was a professor of Christian Ethics at Yale. Rev. Gustafson died on Jan. 15
Prayers of Joy and Thanksgiving:
- For the hope that vaccines and reasonable choices may be having an impact on the Covid-19 pandemic in the U.S.
- For the new staff who join the SNE Conference this coming week
This Week in History:
February 5, 1994 (27 years ago) White supremacist Byron De La Beckwith is convicted of murdering civil rights leader Medgar Evers, more than 30 years after the crime. Evers, a black community organizer who was instrumental in advancing the NAACP in the south, worked to dismantle segregation, and helped increase voter registrations of people of color, was shot in his driveway on June 12, 1963. Beckwith, who had escaped conviction twice in the 60's due to deadlocked all-white juries, was given a life sentence. He died in prison in 2001.
Celebrating Black History: Langston Hughes – poet, activist, novelist, and playwright – was born Feb. 1, 1902.
“Study the past if you would define the future.”