Attempting to be 'Faithful Meg'

Contemplation on life, faith, ministry, and motherhood; Knowing I don't always get it right

New Endeavors Ahead! November 28, 2017

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I wanted to take a moment, to share about something new God is doing in the life of myself and my family.  Starting in high school, I realized serving in vocational ministry was the direction I was headed in.  At a mission week chapel service my freshman year of college, I stood in response to a call to embrace the life of a missionary.  At first, I assumed that meant I would be overseas.  Two years later at a worship event in Boston, God gave me a vision for the mission field of New England.  Since graduating almost 13 years ago, I have been serving in Massachusetts, using churches as my home base for ministry.  I’ve seen great examples, especially from many seminary classmates from BU School of Theology where they are following their call to ministry in less traditional formats.  In recent months, God has put two specific areas of mission on my heart.  First, is to those Jesus speaks of “the least of these”.  Second, is the mission field that is literally in my family’s backyard: our  neighborhood in Foxboro.

In all of this, after a season of prayer, discernment, and conversations; our family has decided that it is time for us to move on from our ministry at United Church of Norwood at the end of the calendar year, as we pursue new opportunities to serve our neighbors by attending a church closer to home in Foxboro, and so I can focus more time to launching a ministry to teen moms through my volunteer work with Young Life.  I have recently accepted a position on the team for a new business opening in Norwood this January.  Hopefully, that will allow me to learn new skills, and use the many skills serving in ministry has taught me in new, creative ways.

We have great faith in the work God is doing through United Church of Norwood, and intend to stay in touch and visit.  We have found dear friends there, as it has been a very significant part of our little one’s life. It has truly been an honor to serve among such a wonderful community these past years. We as a family are beyond grateful for the love we’ve found there.  I truly believe that God has great things in store for United Church of Norwood as the people there continue to reach out and share the hope of Jesus with those in the Norwood area who have yet to experience God’s life changing love.

I’ve spent time studying Chapter 15 in the Gospel of John as Jesus teaches about Himself as the vine, and His followers as the branches.  To remain spiritually healthy, we must abide in Christ our vine.  We must also allow for pruning from the Gardener, our Heavenly Father.  I don’t fully know what the future will look like, but if we remain nourished by Christ, and allow our Creator to prune us through His teaching, I know the Holy Spirit is capable of more than we could ever imagine through our faithful service.  I look forward to what God has in store for all of us in the months to come!


Being a Missionary Right Where I Am September 4, 2017

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Greetings Friends! Most of you know that I’m on staff at a church in Norwood, MA.  Alongside my staff role I have been a volunteer with the local chapter of Young Life, which reaches out to build connections with area teenagers so they can encounter God’s love.  Here at Young Life Boston South-West, we currently serve middle school students (Wyld Life), high school students (Young Life), and teens with disabilities (Capernaum).  I am writing to share about a new adventure we’re about to embark upon in Young Life – ministry to teenage mothers and their children, in what we call Young Lives.

Roughly 3,000 babies are born to teenage mothers each year in the state of Massachusetts.  It is our desire to be a source of care and encouragement for teenage mothers as well as their children in the Norfolk County area.  The Young Lives vision is to reach teen moms by entering their world, modeling the unconditional love of Jesus, and encouraging them to become the women and mothers God created them to be. Through Young Life’s time-tested methods and life-on-life mentoring, teen moms are empowered to make positive choices, set and achieve goals, and live a future rooted in God’s hope.

Such an undertaking requires that we get as many people from the community involved as possible.  Just as the Bible teaches that each person has unique gifts to offer the Body of Christ, there are a variety of ways to become involved in our effort to minister to are teenage mothers.


Prayer Partners:  We would love to share updates and specific requests to a team of partners committed to praying for Young Lives as we begin this ministry.

Young Lives Support Committee:  We will need a team of behind the scenes support with getting the word out, supporting the Young Lives Coordinator with strategy/planning, and help with fundraising.

Mentors:  We are seeking women who are mature in their Christian faith who are willing to pour into the life of a teenage mother and her child through a mentoring relationship, as well as attend events for teenage moms and their children that are offered.

Childcare Volunteers:  As we begin to meet teenage moms, one aspect of the ministry will be hosting club gatherings, where childcare is provided.  There is also the chance to volunteer to serve on a mission week providing childcare at a regional week of summer camp.

Financial Supporters:  Young Lives will need funds to help create programs to offer teenage mothers, as well as support for any participants who wish to attend summer camp for moms and their children.


As a mother myself, I know the great challenge that new parents face, challenges which are multiplied for teenage mothers.  I would love to take time to meet with you to talk more about the heart behind this ministry and ways we might be able to partner together.  The best way to contact me is via email: Thank you for your time, consideration and prayers as we get ready to launch this important ministry in our area!



Me and my little guy at Young Life camp in 2016.  We’re hoping to attend with some teen moms and their little ones in 2018!


Relentless Love August 5, 2017

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This is from a message I shared recently at my church.  There’s some edits here to help it connect with readers from other churches and communities.

This is a reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians:

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness.

8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


When you think of the word, “relentless”, what’s usually the first thing that comes to mind?  The bills that just keep coming?  The telemarketers that always seem find a way to get past all attempts to block their calls? The brutality of a rough New England winter? On a more positive use of the word, perhaps you think of the drive and focus of Coach Belichick and the Patriots?  Have you ever used the word relentless to describe the love of Jesus?

When we use the word relentless here, it can be understood in terms of a pace of sustained intensity, of not yielding or swerving in determination and resolution, as well as a maintained intensity.  Those are all ways we can describe the love of Jesus: God’s love for us truly is relentless.


This message has two main goals.  First, is to awaken our hearts to the reality that our identities are rooted in the relentless, sacrificial love that Jesus has given to each and every one of us.  Second, is to ignite a passion within those of us who call ourselves followers of Jesus, to embrace our calling to embody that relentless, sacrificial love in our attitudes and actions.


First, some background on today’s Scripture passage.  Paul is a man who’s life was dramatically altered by an encounter with the risen Jesus.  By a vivid vision of the risen Christ, he transformed from Saul, a man filled with rigid religion and hatred of outsiders, into Paul who brought the message of Christ far and wide because of how he experienced the mercy and grace of our Lord.

Through discipleship by some of the apostles, he was transformed into a man who was filled with compassion for the lost and broken world that so desperately needed the hope that only Jesus could provide.

He writes this letter to the church in Philippi, a community of believers he founded and had a close relationship with following his time there.  While some of the other letters Paul writes are clearly written from prison, it’s also possible this letter may have been as well.  Knowing this, we can more fully appreciate the message God brings through Paul, knowing that God’s Holy Spirit has clearly done miraculous things in and through him, and that he’s willing to go to any length to share that message.

This particular passage in Philippians is unique because Paul is so impassioned by the incarnation of Christ and his sacrificial love, that he breaks into song.  If you look at the text, you see that instead of a typical block of text, there’s extra indentation and spacing. That’s how we know what we’re reading is no longer just normal text of historical account or teaching.  It’s poetic.  We have entire books of poetry and hymns in the Bible, such as Psalms, Lamentations, or Ecclesiastes.  When we see poetic writing in books of the Bible that aren’t poetry books, it highlights places where God’s message for us can’t be contained by simple writing, but demands the beauty of poetry and song.  We see this in the prologue of Genesis, the opening of the Gospel of John, and here in Philippians 2.  This hymn we read in verses 5-11 likely was already familiar to the readers, and over time, became a hymn as well known and beloved as Amazing Grace is for many of us today.


So let’s take a look at this relentless love of Christ that brings Paul to the point of song, starting in verse 5.  “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus”, well, what does that look like?


It starts in verses 6 and 7: Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness.

Jesus, leaves his heavenly throne, to the humblest of earthly beginnings.  He was even forced to flee his home and seek refuge in a foreign land as a toddler due to a violent government-endorsed genocide of young boys due to fears of being overthrown by this new messiah who was said to have been born.  Talk about humble and challenging beginnings!

Jesus IS God.  Yet as he walked this earth, he did NOT come to be treated in the way the world typically treated royalty, especially in a culture that deified its rulers.  Jesus comes to serve, not to be served.

Jesus, without a home of his own, entered into the messy sinful lives of the broken people he meets –  even getting down and washing the disciples’ feet at the last supper.  That job is typically reserved for the lowest ranking slaves.  THAT is the work our savior did.  Showing solidarity with the world’s most marginalized from the moment of his earthly birth, and throughout his time on earth, up until, and including his death.

The next verses of this hymn read, “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” Jesus gave up his life for us.  In the greatest act of compassion and solidarity to human sin and suffering, Jesus willingly sacrificed his life to demonstrate how far that love goes.  Crucifixion was a form of death reserved for the worst of criminals. For enemies of the state, for people who were considered the scum of the earth.

THAT is the kind of death our savior died.  Unswerving in His mission to pour out God’s love to a hurting world.

Jesus did this in spite of our sinful, broken, lost condition.  As we recited in the call to worship the day of this sermon, Romans Chapter 5 reminds us that Christ’s love is so un-yeilding, he did this while we were still sinners.  The love of our Lord for us never relents- no matter how far we wander from God and God’s ways.

There was no sacrifice too great for God in the quest to break down the barriers that keep us from the Lord’s compassionate embrace.

May we always hold tight to the reality that we’re deeply loved by God. Regardless of how we stray or fall short, God loves us so fiercely that Jesus came and gave of his whole self so we might know that love.


Paul reminds the church in Philippi, and all of us who would come to call on Jesus as our Lord, to not give up on our call to live out this relentless, sacrificial love in our own lives.  Paul reminds them of the things they experience as beloved children of God in verses 1-2: encouragement, comfort, tenderness, compassion, being united to the Holy Spirit.  Then, in verses three and four Paul reminds us how we are to use these gifts: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Paul says to take on the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus.  As we have discussed, that is a life of lowering ourselves to the same status as our world’s most vulnerable and becoming servants, willing to put our very lives on the line.

In Luke Chapter 9, Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?  I’m sure that most of the disciples thought Jesus was teaching in hyperbole, that he was exaggerating the extent of self-denial to make a point.  But then Jesus took up his cross.  Over the years, the apostles faced similar deaths as they went out to proclaim the good news of the Gospel.  They realized they needed to take Jesus literally.

Carey Nieuwhof is a prominent Pastor who is a leading voice in church growth and leader development strategies.  In a recent article he shared, he writes, “Christians should be the most generous and selfless people on the planet.  Sadly, we’re often known as the stingiest and the most selfish.  The Gospel calls us to die to ourselves so that others may live and to put something bigger than ourselves above ourselves. If you give your life away- you find it.”  ( )

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU PUT YOUR VERY LIFE ON THE LINE TO LIVE OUT THE LOVE OF JESUS?  What does that look like in our day to day life?

One brave example is a doctor from Massachusetts who served on a medical team for Samaritan’s Purse in West Africa treating Ebola patients.  Despite contracting the disease himself, he and his family have no regrets making the decision to live out God’s sacrificial love in such a dangerous way.

I think of a former president, while not often viewed as very successful while in office, upon leaving office, he dedicated his time as an opportunity to continue to do good for his community, continuing to teach Sunday school at his Baptist church, creating a non-profit that helps families in need on the journey of becoming homeowners, and still goes to work at home construction sites- even at the age of 91!

I’ve witnessed this sacrificial love in my first mission trip to central America- where our team ranged in age from teenagers to others in their 70s.  I’ve seen it in the service of a youth volunteer at my first church job, Grammie Gail, who was in fact a grandmother to some of our teens, who came on many adventures like conferences, camps, and mission trips out of her passion for those teens to know the love the Jesus.

I see it this summer as Linda, our director of the Young Life’s Capernaum ministry to teens with special needs, brings one of our special needs students to serve together as volunteers for a week of Young Life camp for teen moms and their kids.

I see glimpses of that sacrificial love in my local church community.  Those who give beyond their means in generosity.  Those who have spent tireless hours on projects for this church building so it continues to be a place where people encounter the grace of Jesus.  Those who take their time to share mercy and hope with women in prison and transitional living situations.

I’m extremely grateful for the caring community that is my local church, and the caring hearts of many fellow Christians I know and read about.  But we all have to remember that it’s important to re-examine our hearts, and our walk with the Lord.  Are we serving with a compassionate sacrificial love to everyone we meet, or just enough to feel like we can check it off our to-do list?  Are we willing to get our hands dirty, or just merely write a check and keep people and their brokenness at a distance? Are we serving only out of a sense of obligation, or from the wellspring of God’s love for us?

Are you unsure of where to start? In my local church, we have opportunities to provide weekly meals for our community, we need people help ensure visitors and members in need of re-connection and welcome have an encouraging place to enjoy food and conversation through our coffee time ministry.  We need people to provide rides to those without transportation, and to visit shut-ins.  We need people who will continue the legacy of this church by teaching our children and building connections with our families.  Our area Young Life chapter needs wise people to serve on its advisory board.  Its Capernaum ministry needs buddies to help guide our students with disabilities.  It starts with your daily life, the people you encounter each day, with the opportunities in your local church, area ministries, and beyond, even to global outreach initiatives.  Relentless love has no boundaries.

Maybe some of you are asking what I’m doing in my personal life to match my walk with my talk. What gives me the right to go on and on about sacrificial living? I certainly have a lot of work to do in this area myself.  One example is that beyond my time serving on staff at my church, I’ve been volunteering with Young Life for a number of years now, and God has laid a new volunteer mission upon my heart: to develop ministry to teen moms through Young Life.  Perhaps that’s a journey you’d want to consider joining me on!

I need to take a moment to pause and clarify.  I’m not talking about making our lives busy and rushed to a point where we’re running on fumes.   That’s not the message here.  The point is, as I remind people in every sermon I preach, that if we have truly accepted the gift of Christ’s grace, if we really have found the encouragement, comfort, compassion, tenderness and unity with the Spirit Paul writes about, then it should overflow into every aspect of our lives.  If we’re not taking time to reflect on our identity as people who have received the extravagant love of Jesus in our own lives, all our efforts to share that extravagant love with others will most likely fall flat.

It’s not so much about pulling up our bootstraps and working harder, as it is about allowing room for the Holy Spirit to convict us, fill our hearts with grace and compassion, then allowing The Spirit to work through us.

The closing lines of the hymn Paul shares with us are this: Therefore God exalted Jesus to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

This relentless love leads people to proclaim the Lordship of Christ.  Are we living our lives in a way that demonstrates the grace and glory of our Lord?

As we’re reminded of the extravagant, sacrificial, relentless love of Jesus, may we not forget that this is where our identity is found.  Not in our belongings, social status, age, experience or accomplishments.  We are all broken sinful people who nevertheless are relentlessly loved by the God who created us.  May we heed Paul’s teaching to stop seeking our own ways, but to look to the needs of others with the same relentless love Jesus demonstrates to us, so that all may come to know the one true source of love and life.


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Tarnishing the Name of Jesus? February 28, 2017

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I discovered two major trending topics on Twitter this weekend:

#SpiritualAbuseIs & #ChristianAltFacts

If you’re brave, go see for yourself.
Even if you take issue with what you read, the overarching theme is that our witness as Christians for the most part has become what we’re supposedly against and who we hate. We’re not talking about a few rogue internet trolls, we’re talking about major trending topics gaining global attention.

This highlights a question I’ve been struggling with for some time now. At what point does quietly minding my own and loving people the I can stop being enough? At what point do we stop saying it’s ok and cease to be complicit as the name of Christ is destroyed by those in places of power who claim to belong to Him?

People are walking away from Jesus. For some it’s because they see what the Gospel is about and choose not to accept it; but for far too many, it is because of harassment by those who follow Jesus. Is it ok to just sit back and allow this reality to take hold in the church? I fully understand that all of us in our sinfulness will slip and do or say something that may not might Christ attractive.  My concern in this post is the blatant choice to express hatred and allow harm to other by Christians in places of power.

Yes, throughout scripture Christ calls us to something better than the brokenness we find ourselves in. But first, he meets people where they are with full compassion. It’s from those first merciful encounters with Jesus that people begin to see things in a new light, and hopefully begin the journey to becoming more like Christ. Paul’s letters with clear lifestyle instructions in the New Testament were written to the churches, the people who had already begun their walk with Christ. The harsh criticism that came from Jesus was generally aimed towards the religious elite who were more worried about who to keep out than who needed to encounter God’s great love.

Christ first and foremost calls us to Himself. Not to the Church, not to the Bible. Himself. We have a Savior who is Emmanuel- God WITH us. Christ’s suffering on the cross not only pays the penalty for the sin of the world, but demonstrates to us the depth of God’s love through solidarity with human suffering. Those of us who follow Jesus should embrace the compassion of Christ for the broken lives around us rather than allowing our hearts to be hardened to the point that our words and actions push others away instead of inviting them in.

If we follow the model set forth by Jesus, then it should reflect itself in who we spend time with and how we interact with them. Jesus was willing to break social constructs and cultural laws to meet people in the midst of their brokenness. He didn’t restrict their access to him by waiting for them to get their act together first. He didn’t make people prove their worthiness before performing miracles. Jesus doesn’t want to leave us in our sin of course. He calls us to a new and better way forward by the work of the Holy Spirit through the Bible and the Church. That starts with first giving people the chance to meet Jesus. Can you imagine what the world might look like if the church put more stock in the model set forth by Jesus?

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case as often as we’d like to think. I used to write off hateful Christians as the minority who happen to get too much attention by the media.  That is likely still the case, but recent surveys, polling data, testimonies from victims, and past personal experiences are beginning to demonstrate it’s an increasing trend. As I read through posts on #AltChristianFacts and #SpiritualAbuseIs tags on Twitter, I got a taste of how of the world outside the walls of our pristine sanctuaries tends to view us. Were all those views accurate? Certainly not! But the fact remains that we’ve been complicit in allowing these misconceptions to permeate the airwaves. Do we really want to be seen as people who are happy with the possibility of losing more souls than we save?

I know that since all of us who are striving to follow Jesus are all dealing with our own junk, it will manifest itself in us through a whole lot of different ways. We are all hypocrites, and we need to own up to that. I’m not ignorant to the issues in my life I need to keep working on. I know I don’t have it all together. I also recognize Christians are called to live at harmony with one another. Does that mean we should ignore the abuse and harassment happening within Christianity? Are the souls of the lost and broken worth losing for the sake of gaining earthly power or a shallow sense of getting along with each other? Does there ever come a point  we should stand up and say we’ve had enough of the damage being done to the Gospel?

I realize I need more wisdom in how I express it, but I for one, feel as though I’ve had enough. Anyone else? Now what?


Prayer as we enter transition January 20, 2017

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It’s my duty as a Christian to pray for our leaders. Here’s a prayer I have for our incoming POTUS, which is also a prayer for myself, and everyone who calls themselves a Christian. I promise it’s sincere, and that I do also pray for his overall wellness, but this is what’s on my heart to pray for most urgently.

I pray that he makes time to know the Jesus he says he believes in. That he reads his Bible- and gets to marinate in the warnings of the prophets and the teachings of Jesus that are centered in mercy for the oppressed, healing of the sick, and release of the captives (Prophet Isaiah, Gospel of Luke) as well as care for orphans, widows, and foreigners in our midst as commanded throughout scripture.

I pray that he would learn that it is repentance that’s one of the major steps to truly accepting the gift of God’s grace and salvation. How can anyone accept the gift of God’s grace if they claim not to need it? I pray this truth is revealed.

I pray the Ten Commandments- ALL of them become something of meaning to our new POTUS and how he conducts his life.

I pray that he learns that being pro-life matters once a child is born and lasts the entire LIFE of every human being- ALL of whom are created in God’s image, not just while they reside in the womb of their mother.

I pray he learns to see the amazing gift given to us in this earth we call home, and takes heed of the instructions from God the Creator to take care for it.

I pray he seeks the merciful justice, love and humility we read that God requires from the Prophet Micah. I pray that he is able to see that our savior was God- yet did not see himself as equal with God. He took upon himself utter humility- to the point of a criminals death! And that it’s this example of JESUS we are called to follow. (Philippians)

I pray he embraces the Beatitudes of our Lord Jesus- remembering that blessed are the meek, those who mourn, those who are poor in spirit, the peacemakers, those who are merciful, and those seeking godly justice, may he seek to have the heart of the kind of people Jesus considered truly blessed.

I pray he heeds the warning of Jesus that whoever does not care for the least among us does not truly care for Jesus.

I pray the Holy Spirit fills him in such a way that he turns away from all of the earthly treasures, and begins to focus on what it means to store up treasure in heaven. I further pray that he allows the Holy Spirit to dwell in him in such a way that the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control) is fully visible and vibrant in every aspect of his life.

This is my prayer for POETUS, myself, as well as anyone who claims to love and follow Jesus. We pray these things in the name of our Lord, the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. AMEN


All Questions, Seeking Clarity November 6, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — faithfulmeg @ 9:47 pm

We as followers of Jesus (myself included) should look in the mirror as we approach the end of the wretched election season.  Before getting out torches and pitch forks, let me say, this post isn’t so much about political policy (although I’d be willing to treat you to a beverage to have that chat). My desire is not to spew insults.  My concern isn’t with who we vote for, but how we conduct ourselves, and how we represent Christ in the election process. I wonder if we’ve let our obsession with single issues and desire for political power harm the very people we should be embracing with the unconditional love of Christ.

Honestly, I’m all questions, searching for answers.  If you reply, please do not do so from a political perspective, but a Biblical one.

Volunteering with teens, I’ve seen them hurt by the influence of words from presidential candidates.  Our girls fear when the next inappropriate comment or unwelcomed touch will come.  When a public figure is known to celebrate such actions, it’s seen by many as a free pass to follow that example, making their world even less safe.  This isn’t hypothetical, it’s the reality for many. Some Christians in their lives say it’s no big deal, that there’s more important issues at hand.  What does that teach them about Jesus, and their worth as daughters of the King?

A woman shares a sign that simply says “no racism, no hate” and others forcefully work to cover it up with an American flag.  Shouldn’t Christians want to be known for speaking up against racism?

People of color are harassed by attendees at a rally. The candidate takes the stage, encourages their harm and boldly wishes for the “good old days” when “people like that would be sent away on stretchers”.  Since my first draft was written, there’s been talk about people being planted to disrupt political rallies.  Exercising free speech and wearing t-shirts advocating for civil rights shouldn’t be all it takes to insight such violence.  There’s no excuse to encourage such racially charged violence.  There seem to be more important issues than their well being and civil rights to many Christians.  What message does that send our neighbors about the Body of Christ?

When American Christians are known for being vocal in not wanting to give a chance at a fresh start to victims of war solely based on religious heritage, what message does that send them about Jesus?  How will they have the chance to learn about Christ’s message of unconditional love, salvation and redemption if his ambassadors only seek their harm? How do these war victims feel knowing that we ignore the images of their dead children along the seashore or in the rubble of war torn towns?  How do we explain supporting policies to actively seek harm upon their families because their heritage and geography without any true evidence of wrongdoing?

When we claim to be for “life”, but do not support policies and practices that will give all those created in God’s image the chance at sound health and wellbeing beyond the womb, will we truly help people know that God’s image has in fact imprinted upon their hearts?  When we say we’re for life, whose life do we mean?

What do we communicate about the work of the cross when we are quick to offer damnation to some people for their past mistakes and mistakes of people close to them, but then turn around and offer grace so freely to others, even those who say they have no reason to seek God’s forgiveness?  Since when did the grace of Jesus rely on political preference?

How do we decide what Christian values we try to force upon a secular government, while insisting that others should be left for the church to handle, not the government?  Why is it some things, and not others? What does that teach the world about our priorities? Will the ways we engage in the political sphere draw people closer to Jesus or farther away? As followers of Jesus, is there any amount of acceptable collateral damage to God’s Kingdom when it comes to getting our way politically?

What’s going to happen to us when the election is over?  Regardless of who we vote for, the political candidates and policies we’ve become so obsessed with won’t work out the way we hoped.  It’s easy to make broad statements about platforms without taking a deeper look at complex intricacies. Regardless of the election results, we won’t see our desired outcomes.  What then?  Will we have walked all over vulnerable people for political victories that mean so little in the big picture of God’s Kingdom?  What do we say to Jesus when we look at how we’ve (again, myself included) ignored so much of what he teaches us about being merciful, generous, care-taking, peacemaking, liberating, and enemy-loving?

I believe we can still stand with our preferred platforms without supporting harm to others, perhaps even being bold enough to speak up about it.  Is there still a place to be voices of compassion rather than fear? How do we begin to reconcile with the world after the mess we’ve left if in the wake of this stormy election season?   How can we go back to being beacons of hope to the lost and the hurting?


Thanks to the village: the slow comeback continues! June 1, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — faithfulmeg @ 2:33 am

“It takes a village”

It’s an overused statement- but it doesn’t negate it’s truth or importance!

As our little dude is finally discovering a reasonable bedtime (for now) I’m hoping to work on the habit of taking a little bit of time in the evenings to work on a post.  The goal is to eventually start posting weekly again.  It’s been encouraging to be able to have some great conversations with others in ministry over the past few months, and I’d love to add some follow-up to some of those things, as well as thoughts on the way my new role of “mom-mom-mommm” has shaken things up.

Whether it’s ministry, motherhood, or anything in life, I can’t imagine where I’d be without a great village surrounding me.  I had to go looking for my current villages, but I can’t imagine what my life would look like without the support of others in the same boat.  In school, finding that village wasn’t so hard, I had classmates.  In both ministry as well as motherhood it’s extremely easy to become and stay isolated.   I am so grateful for all of the other partners in ministry I’ve discovered through local/regional networking events.  My team of fellow Young Life leaders are some of my favorite people.  If a friend hadn’t mentioned a local group for nursing moms, I really can’t imagine how I would have survived this first year as a parent.

So with that in mind, here’s to hoping the inspiration from the great people around me help me keep up with this comeback as I keep up my attempt to be ‘faithfulmeg’ !