Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost — September 10, 2017
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20)
Where Is Peace?
In a time of conflict, dispute, animosity,
partisan bickering, irreconcilable differences a time of Sides . . .
God is My Rock and My Salvation,
I am right (and you are wrong),
I stand oppressed (while you remain oppressive),
I have been maligned (when you spread gossip),
I embrace facts (though you create rumors),
I persevere faultless (as you sin before God).
To your brother/sister, go;
To your sister/brother, talk;
With your sibling, listen;
In simplicity, humility, honesty, and gentleness, the Peace of God will Be.
For you will gain back a brother, sister, friend;
For you will gain back your family;
For what you bind on each is bound in eternity;
For what you free for each is freed forever;
For when you find redemption, it is redemption for all;
For when you gather as two or three . . .
I am there among you,
I am Redemption,
and I am Peace.
Andy Meckstroth, Moravian pastor serving Ziegels Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, Pennsylvania