Lent 2017, day 9

“Because acting out of divisiveness comes so quickly to us, it is all the more worthwhile to say as often as we can that our separateness is not the will of God … It was not God’s will in the garden of Eden for humankind to be separated from God through sin. It was the sinfulness of the apartheid system that separated people from each other by race in South Africa. It is sinful for this separation by race, class, gender, and other dividing lines to continue.”
Elaine Dreeben
Lenten Reflections on the Confession of Belhar

God makes us for each other.
God makes us to love,
to love God,
to love one another.
Where I fall short,
where I benefit from systems that drive us apart,
God forgive,
God inspire action.

This Lenten season I am using a new resource to explore the Belhar Confession: Lenten Reflections on the Confession of Belhar, edited by Kerri N. Allen and Donald K. McKim. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in which I serve as a teaching elder (pastor), added the Confession of Belhar to our Book of Confessions in 2016. This confession came from the Dutch Reformed Mission Church during its historic struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

See you along the Trail.

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