September 26, 2018
Sts. Cosmas and Damian
Journeying in Hope
And as for those who do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.
I went to a museum exhibit about World War I and the visual arts. Every display seemed to carry the same story of crushed ideals. The enthusiastic had stepped into the doings of war, enthralled and hopeful, but then stumbled away, dispirited, appalled and broken.
I remember how I've lived this dynamic myself, albeit in less serious ways--as a classroom teacher, a parent, a person involved in trying to help others, perhaps even in terms of my own sense of self. How can we continue to hope in the face of harsh, unwelcoming reality?
Who knows the answer better than Jesus? In him, I see and hear it: accept reality, respect others' freedom and discern the way forward strengthened by the love and grace that comes only from him.
Jesus, be with me on today's journey. As I meet limits and disappointment, may I still keep my eyes on you.
- Amy Welborn
Proverbs 30:5-9|Psalm 119:29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163|Luke 9:1-6