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Day 47: It's Time for the Children of God to Grow Up

Fifty Days of Easter: Day 47
It's Time for the Children of God to Grow Up

My favorite passage in the entire scriptures is the prologue of John’s Gospel and I love the verse: “But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.”
 
I like the idea that we are all children of God. But there is a problem if we only think of ourselves as a child. We will continue to act like children. As I watch the news in the time of pandemic and witness some people’s responses to wearing masks, I want to scream, “grow up, it is not just about you it is about all of us!” We leave childhood behind and become adults when we grow from me to we…
 
This week we have witnessed yet another black man, George Floyd, killed by the police and we are reminded of the many black men, women, and children killed whose only crime was being black. And we have seen the eruption of rage, violence, and rioting in protest to the ongoing injustice. If you find yourself praying this day for peace in our cities and streets, stop and start praying for justice, for there will never be peace in this country until it is as safe for a black person to go jogging as a white person, or as safe for a black person to be pulled over for a traffic violation as it is for a white person
 
Dr. King once said that “a riot was the voice of the unheard.” It will take an adult nation, not a nation of children, to stop and listen. To listen beyond superficiality to the deep cries within our society. And adult eyes to see that parts of our country are functioning like the worst of a third world country.
 
And it will take a supremely adult nation to go beyond what they hear and see to take the steps necessary to create a just society. A society that is just for all of humanity and not just for you and me. We need to grow from me to we…
 
It is time for the children of God to grow up and become the adults. We know how to do it. As adults we know how to listen to a child in distress, to care and nurture, we know how to stop and protect against bullies, to make things fair. The children of God need to grow up and become the adults and make things right. And like adults we can’t wait for others to do it for us
 
In two days time we will celebrate Pentecost the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We do not need fires in the streets, for they will never make anything right. We need a fire in our hearts, the fire of God’s Holy Spirit. A fire that will make us grow up, and stand up, and take an adult role in transforming our world.   
 
 
Exercise
This Pentecost I invite each one of us not to remember an historical event some two thousand years ago but to open ourselves to a new Pentecost in our personal lives, in our shared life of St. Peter’s, and in our world.
Here is a simple chorus by Daniel Iverson that is worth singing (if you know the tune) or read repeatedly as a meditation to prepare our hearts for our own personal and corporate Pentecost.

Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
 
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on us.
Melt us, mold us, fill us, use us.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on us.
 
With Easter Joy
Rob

Posted by The Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle with