Disarmed for Lent

2/6/2008

“If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.” — Galatians 5:15

I will seek to give up harm for Lent. I may add chocolate and other sweets but my attention will be on the first simple rule, “Do no harm.”

As I have continued to read, re-read and meditate on Three Simple Rules I remain with the first rule, resisting moving too quickly to the second and third, “Do good. Stay in love with God.”

Bishop Job teaches us that as we lay aside our weapons “we discover that we stand on common ground, inhabit a common and precious space, share a common faith, feast at a common table, and have an equally measure of God’s unlimited love.”

Our delegates to General and Jurisdictional conferences have entered into a covenant to pray for each other and for our church and to be guided by the three simple rules. The cabinet and conference leadership team and regional gathering of lay and clergy members of the Mississippi Annual Conference continue to listen to the three simple rules, to learn from them, to lead by them.

In our churches, in our individual lives, in our families, in our places of work, in all communities, in our world, let us do no harm. Let us share with one another what we discover about ourselves, one another and our life together as we seek to “first do no harm.”

Then, let us do good and stay in love with God.