Something is afoot…

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something is afoot in the midst of everyday life…
    something that wants to come alive…
    something that wants to take flight…
    something that wants to move
        toward wholeness…
        with compassion…
        approaching peace…
        into justice…

something is going on…
    happening…
        stirring…
something is insisting…
    inviting…
        calling…

we often call that something “God”

“God does not exist, God insists” proclaims the theopoet…
something is afoot in “the name of God”…
    a cosmic lure…
    an “unconditional solicitation”…
        compassion entreating
        peace eliciting
        justice petitioning
            planted in “the beggar with outstretched arms”… 
            occupying the diseased body
                   of the one dying of the Ebola virus..

            settled in with the refugee fleeing
                   from political oppression…

            in the screams of the one abused by
                   the racist…
                   the homophobe…
                   the sexist…
                   the terrorist

for the Christian
that something is also afoot in the name of Christ…

the name of Christ stirs within
    the embodiment of God in Yeshua of Nazareth
    the empowerment of the powerless
    the gradual movement toward justice
    the insistence of salvation for all

the name of Christ
            embodied in a community of faith…
            made manifest in the New Humanity…
    visits hospitality upon a world in turmoil
    interrupts the arrogant with grace
    disturbs the powerful and privileged with humility

the name of Christ
is the name of a deed
    an act of healing for a broken world
    balm for the hurting
    binding up the broken-hearted
        delivering justice to the dispossessed
        offering a rose to the downcast
        putting a smile on the face of the cosmos

the name of Christ
    gathers the hope of the hopeless…
        the dreams of the dejected…
        the longings of the forgotten…
    mixes them together with the promises
    that come in the name of God
        and insists upon me… and you…
            calling us to something…
                                   anything…
    for God’s sake…
    for the sake of the world…

something is afoot in the midst of everyday life…
    a chrysalis birthing a butterfly…
    a bulb bursting forth a tulip…
    a pregnant woman delivering an newborn…
    a mother wren pushing her young out of the nest
    a family sending its youngest out into the world…
at the same time…
    the world is hurting
    the climate is gasping
    the ozone layer is groaning
    the Amazonian forest is weeping
    the arctic icepack is shrinking

that something is stirring
    within me
    within you
        calling for a compassionate response toward the hurting
        inviting a peaceable overture to the enemy
        visiting hospitality as a gracious gift for the other
        appealing to a sense of justice for all
    encouraging a Christ-like deed

mystery is afoot
    abundant life wants an opportunity
    transformation desires a hearing
        in the name of God…
        in the name of Christ…

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