It’s in Our Hands

What music has stirred through your prayers and silences since you woke on Sunday morning, June 12th, to news of the massacre at The Pulse?
 
One piece for me has been “In the Beginning”, the finale from the 1991 musical Children of Eden, based on the creation and flood narratives from the Book of Genesis. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz, who also wrote the music and lyrics for Godspell.
 
In the finale, Noah and his family, take their first steps from the ark, into a changed creation. I been sighing and praying these lines:

 

Of all the gifts we have received

One is most precious and most terrible:

The will in each of us is free.

It’s in our hands.

Our hands can choose to drop the knife.

Our hearts can choose to stop the hating

For ev’ry moment of our life

Is the beginning. (Noah and his family)

 

There is no journey gone so far

So far we cannot stop and change direction.

No doom is written in the stars. (God)

It’s in our hands. (Noah and his family)

 

Beloved, we can stop and change direction. Beloved, the will in each of us is free. jonna recharge prayer flipped-resizedIt’s in our hands.
 
As these lyrics swirl through my days and nights, they bring a divine re-call. I am free to cherish the LGBTQ precious children of God. I am free to step forward and proclaim by word and deed that their well-being is in my hands.
 
I am free to cherish Muslim precious children of God. I am free to step forward and proclaim by word and deed that their well-being is in my hands.
 
I am free to cherish the precious children of God who have shamefully meager treatment and care options available to them when they are experiencing overwhelming hate, fear, delusion, and violent impulses. I am free to step forward and proclaim by word and deed that their well-being is in my hands.
 
I am free to cherish the precious children of God who are survivors of gun violence. I am free to cherish the precious children of God who grieve for loved ones killed by acts of gun violence. I am free to cherish the precious children of God who may be the next victims of gun violence, hate crimes, and terrorism. I am free to step forward and proclaim by word and deed that their well-being is in my hands.
 
I look forward to hearing from you, beloved ones, about how the Spirit is stirring your free will and your hands as we discover ways to stop and change direction.

 
Jonna Jensen, Associate Conference Minister

 

 

 

 

 

One comment on “It’s in Our Hands

  1. Nancy Jensen on said:

    Thanks for these precious words, Jonna!

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