2021 08 01 Alan Storey
Grow Up! Speak the Truth in Love
[Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35]
Prayer for Peace, Hope and Justice
Bishop Yvette Moses of MCSA and Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa raised this banner today to call for an end to the “violence of poverty” by providing a basic income grant for all. The reference to Leviticus 23:22 refers to the instruction: “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.”
SABC Interview with Bishop Yvette Moses and Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.
Invitations to consider at this time in SA.
These invitations are based on the discussion led by Alan Storey on Thursday 15 July 2021 in the light of current events in South Africa: the COVID-19 pandemic, violence and looting in parts of the country, etc. and the consequences and repercussions of these events.
Please click on this link to view the letter from Presiding Bishop Purity Malinga addressing the current events taking place in our country.
The SACC is also appealing for calm – this is the link to their appeal.
Another poem for you: God, by Kahlil Gibran.
Even for a poet, it takes tremendous boldness to title a poem, ‘God’.
Yet, look closely, the poem moves slowly. So humbly. In 1000 year segments of time. The poet acknowledges that this poem has literally taken him 1000’s of years to write. The poet is bold but also humble. And when it comes to matters ‘God’, one must be both.
Insight spoken, is met with Silence. Repeatedly. A Silence that invites further wrestling and deeper knowing. A Silence that creates space for unlearning, the most difficult learning of all…
In the ancient days, when the first quiver of speech came to my lips,
I ascended the holy mountain and spoke unto God, saying, “Master,
I am thy slave. Thy hidden will is my law and I shall obey thee
for ever more.”
But God made no answer, and like a mighty tempest passed away.
And after a thousand years I ascended the holy mountain and again
spoke unto God, saying, “Creator, I am thy creation. Out of clay
hast thou fashioned me and to thee I owe mine all.”
And God made no answer, but like a thousand swift wings passed
And after a thousand years I climbed the holy mountain and spoke
unto God again, saying, “Father, I am thy son. In pity and love
thou hast given me birth, and through love and worship I shall
inherit thy kingdom.”
And God made no answer, and like the mist that veils the distant
hills he passed away.
And after a thousand years I climbed the sacred mountain and again
spoke unto God, saying, “My God, my aim and my fulfillment; I am
thy yesterday and thou are my tomorrow. I am thy root in the earth
and thou art my flower in the sky, and together we grow before the
face of the sun.”
Then God leaned over me, and in my ears whispered words of sweetness,
and even as the sea that enfoldeth a brook that runneth down to
her, he enfolded me.
And when I descended to the valleys and the plains God was there
by Kahlil Gibran