WHO CAN SEND A DOVE?

A meditation based on the Parable of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel of Luke; Luke 10: 25-37

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Who Can Send A Dove?

WHO CAN SEND A DOVE?

Text: Luke 10: 25-37 – The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Who is my neighbor?

Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief,

Doctor, lawyer, city police chief -

The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker,

The terrorist, the violent, the angry peacetaker -

Who is my neighbor?  What can I do?

If given the choice, I would flee this zoo -

Of pain and suffering, evil and hate,

So throw me a line, Lord, I’ll take the bait.

Hindu, Muslim, Samaritan, Jew,

Black and white, politicians, too –

Yankee, Yazidi, and Southern belle,

Refugee families fleeing ISIS hell,

Asian, Hispanic, LGBT, and foe,

The corrupt and cynical and innocent as a doe.

“All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small… The Lord God made them all…” –

Kings and queens, servants and knaves,

Citizens, immigrants, rebels, and slaves,

The police and persecuted, prisoners in pain,

Wounded war veterans with flashbacks insane,

The tortured and tormented by disabilities disguised,

Hurting and alone while others blind-eyed -

Look to the powerful and privileged with boundless hope

As countless people struggle daily to cope.

The majority, minority, and all in-between,

With vices and virtues, visible and unseen -

If they are our neighbors, what can we address?

These complex issues that create such stress.

“All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all.”

Where is the love? Who can send a dove?

You and me, because from heaven above,

God sent us a gift –

That most divine lift –

When Christ Jesus raised high on a cross –

Bore the world’s pain, chronic suffering, and loss –

To free us all from hatred within –

To deliver us from the bondage of sin.

Jesus teaches and lives God’s ultimate way.

Yes, it is true – Jesus saves the day –

For you and me and all who feel –

Truth and hope and compassion so real -

That those near death, despair, and destruction,

Experience new life, repair, and reconstruction -

Hearts transformed, minds awakened,

Spirits renewed, assumptions shaken.

Thus heed the call,

To further God’s kingdom despite the fall.

Do justice, love mercy, and humbly walk –

With the Healing One who truly walked the talk.

So come to His table, enjoy the feast!

Welcome everyone, especially the least –

For His day comes again, in you and in me,

When we commune with each other and the Holy Trinity:

Praise to the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit,

The Eternal God, in whom there is no limit.

Amen, Amen, Amen, and Amen – let all God’s people say it again – AMEN!

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