Happy Mother’s Day or happy “remembrance of the mother figure in your life” Sunday. Today is a day set aside to remember those feminine figures in our lives who have nurtured us in our personal and spiritual growth. Even with the baggage that may be associated with the day it was a wonderful day to come together as we close out the Easter season (Pentecost is next Sunday). It was a day to recognize our community and the place we inhabit in the life and faith of Suffolk, Virginia, and the world. Part of our life together today was filled with the definition of “imago dei” – the meaning of the phrase “made in the image of God.”

In our worship today we heard lessons about the life of the disciples and those who were living in the first century who were followers of Jesus. We heard the musing of one of the best known extroverted thinkers of the first century – John the Evangelist. A blessing we find in John’s gospel is his ability to recount all the dissonant aspects of our call: to be set aside as special by God, to live in the world, to not be of the world, to be in community with others, but to not be conformed to others. We realize that John helps us navigate and name the tension we feel in our real, human life and existence while being imago dei and endowed with God’s grace. Challenging but best achieved in community and with friends.

I invite your comments,

Readings: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19

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