For the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Loving Lord,
IN the beginning, whether by big bang or quiet whisper,
You created all that was, is and will be; You created us.
In the beginning, once formed and breathed alive, You
Welcomed us Home, to sanctuary with you, to live in
You, living in Your love, walking in Your light, radiating
Your glory, receiving and reflecting your care–to be
Alive in You, for You, with You, and You in, for, with us!
And, so, we in, for, with one-another.
UNTIL we turned away, from the good to know the evil
You had “denied” us, sheltering us safely from foolish and
Futile pursuits of our own ends at the expense of ourselves,
Gaining what seemed to be the whole world, only to trade
Loving for hating, laughing for crying, and living for dying.
Only to learn that the knowing of evil you “denied” us was
Truly the other side of the good from which we had turned!
Outside the sanctuary, far from the Home for which we long!
UNTIL You turned away, from all but love, to embrace the evil
For us, at Your expense in giving the world the whole of You,
In order to exchange our dying for living, our crying for laughing,
Our hating for loving, to find us and to fetch us Home again,
Alive again, receiving and reflecting Your care—now again to
Live in You, for You, with You, and You, in and for and with us!
And, so—today, this week and forever,
Let us live with, for, in one-another, as we all Sanctuary in You!
Through the Name, Amen!

Published by David Kendall

Reverend David W. Kendall, an ordained elder in the Great Plains Conference, was elected to the office of bishop of the Free Methodist Church in May 2005. He serves as overseer of East Michigan, Gateway, Great Plains, Mid-America, North Central, North Michigan, Ohio, Southern Michigan, Wabash, African Area Annual Conferences; and Coordinator of oversight for the World Ministries Center.

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