A Daily Dose of Good News
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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Good morning! It is April 20 and it’s time for our Daily Dose of Good News, which is from 2 John today verses 1-6. In this, they reference an elect lady, and what they mean by that is the church. They’re speaking about the church as if the church is an elect lady.
The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth, and not only I but also all who know the truth, because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever:
Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, in truth and love.
I was overjoyed to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father. But now, dear lady, I ask you, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning, let us love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment just as you have heard it from the beginning—you must walk in it.
Here ends the reading.
It’s a short passage, but repetitive in the word “walk”, three times in this passage, of only six verses. I think that’s a great thing for us to reflect upon today, because walking requires some energy. Not a ton- not as much as sprinting or running a marathon. But it does require some energy, it does require some movement, it does require a change from sitting statically or stagnantly, in one spot. So, I think an invitation to walk, on a beautiful day like today, is a great invitation for us to consider.
I’d like for you to think about this in two ways. This letter is written to the church and to the congregation of this church. It’s about showing love, grace, mercy in truth to one another. I’m struck by the idea of the gentleness of a walk, of a stroll. Walking alongside someone else, or walking yourself and leaving a path for others to follow. So, I invite you today to think about two ways you might walk, as a Christian, which embodies love, grace, mercy and peace. Specifically, love, grace, mercy and peace. And how your walk, the steps in your life, the actions you do, might leave footprints for others who are watching you walk, or for maybe others who follow after you- whether those are your children, your grandchildren, or friends, or neighbors, or whomever. Whomever might be watching your walk. Do they see grace, mercy, peace and love in your steps? How do they see that? What actions do you do in your daily movement, in your life, which embody that and characterize that? That may be something you do solo, in your own actions.
The second part, I’d like you to think about is, who are you walking with? Who are you strolling next to, that maybe you have by the hand, or maybe you have your arm around their shoulders, or your arm around their waist? Or maybe you’re just walking quietly next to them, in whatever pain, discomfort, or suffering they might be experiencing. Whatever trauma they’re trying to get through. Whatever loneliness overtakes them, or fear, or boredom. I ask that you think about someone who you can stroll next to today. That, by your actions, you can engage with, and maybe reach out to. You might have a multitude of ways that you can think of, of how to do that. I’m struck by the idea that it can be as easy and as gentle as taking a walk, ok? You all are a congregation who are kind and helpful, and I always smile when we need to shift the pews and turn them in a different direction, and you all readily engage in that. You move the pews, or move the chairs, and jump in and do that. That doesn’t take much of your time, but it’s greatly appreciated. I’d like you to think of your Christian walk today in the same way. What can you do that’s kind of right in front of you? That doesn’t require a ton of effort or your time. But that you can do and that can make a difference. Can change the perspective, maybe, of someone else and turn them in a new direction from where they were facing. That maybe, demonstrates to others, your footprints, headed in another direction from what they see in the world around us. Your actions matter. Walking is important. Or they wouldn’t have mentioned it three times in this letter to the church. So please think about your walk today. Please engage thoughtfully and intentionally on your walk today and ask God to help you walk in the way you’re supposed to, the way God calls you to, and the way God nudges you. Whether that is modeling for others or for your own enjoyment of your walk with God. Or whether you’re walking alongside a brother or sister in Christ, or maybe a brother or sister in humanity. Enjoy the walk and enjoy the day. May God be in all of it, richly. Bye-bye.