A meditation to begin the week:
Our Beloved Friend
Outside the Domination System
May your Holy Name be honored
By the way we live our lives.
Your Beloved Community comes.
Guide us to:
Walk your Walk
Talk your Talk
Sit your Silence
Inside the courtroom, on the streets, in the jailhouses
As they are on the margins of resistance.
Give us this day everything we need.
Forgive us our wrongs
As we forgive those who have wronged us.
Do not bring us to hard testing,
But keep us safe from the Evil One.
For thine is:
The Beloved Community,
the power and
forever and ever. Amen.
- Open Door Community Jesus Prayer
A quote to begin the Sabbath:
Sabbath-keeping practiced can unhook us from appetite-driven and production-driven machine of our culture. It helps us discover the liberty of saying no in order to say yes. Identification with God’s rest on a weekly basis can foster some of the spiritual and emotional resources we need to see and feel beyond ourselves. What a priority-calibrating gift it is to take a full day every week to rest and realign your life with the passions of God! No to busyness. No to unnecessary consumption. No to 24-7 productivity. No to media. Yes to God. Yes to worship. Yes to community. Yes to justice.
- Mark Labberton, The Dangerous Act of Worship:
Living God’s Call to Justice, p. 171