April 19, 2015

Creating a home for the Gospel

A Mennonite pastor tells of receiving the gift of a birdhouse.

It was the perfect size and structure for bluebirds to build their nests inside. I put it on a wood post in the yard, which turned out to be a bad idea. Neighborhood cats dug their claws into the wood and climbed up to kill the newborn chicks. The nest became a grave. 

I bought a metal pole to replace the wood post. The bluebird couple came back, rebuilt their nest, made some babies, and took turns sheltering their chicks while the other scavenged for food.

That is what hope looks like, stubborn hope - like the way bluebirds come back and make space for life in the midst of a world of death. That's what the gospel is all about: that God makes room for eternal life to grow, for divine love to multiply even in the worst conditions, even in the valley of the shadow of death....

The Christian life is all about nesting - about creating a home for the gospel, a shelter for hope and joy and all things good.  read more

Reflections on the Lectionary for April 26 by Isaac S. Villegas
Christian Century, April 15 issue