I have restless legs, which are normally under control, but sometimes I get really big uncontrollable jerking that keeps both me and by companion awake. He left to another sleeping space, leaving me to stay awake most of the night. As one part would quiet down, another would begin. I found myself wishing, even asking that a particularly aggressive spot would please quiet down. And into my head came this: "If these were silent, the very rocks themselves would cry out." I'm still trying to figure out how that relates to my jerking muscles, but I also started thinking about which side of that am I on? Am I a noisy disciple that the powers that be want to silence? Or am I a rock, sitting quietly waiting for the time when those who are noisy now are too tired and I need to take over? I don't have answers to that, either. Maybe I'll contemplate all these questions in the middle of the night tonight. How about you? Are you the noisy pest for Jesus, or the one waiting in the wings to be called into action? Whichever it is, do it well. Others are depending on us.
How long, O Lord, until your children stop killing one another? How long until we find better ways of dealing with disagreements? How long until we allow others the right to simply exist? You call your disciples to work and act and speak on your behalf, even when to do so might not be well-received. You call us to speak truth to power, and power never likes that. You call us to be brave, and of good courage, and it is only through your Spirit that we are able to do so. Fill us with your Spirit that we may truly be the persons you need us to be.....Amen.