The kingdom of God is….
“A new society, a renewed Israel open to all… a realm of God’s extravagant grace, mercy, forgiveness, and compassion… a place where those labeled unworthy or impure are received unconditionally… a world of abundant manna shared by all… a reality worth dropping all other commitments to joyfully receive.”
~ Daniel Erlander
Forgiven, Invited, Included, Loved
In one of our confirmation classes I asked the class to choose two words, among a list of words that described how it feels, what it looks like to be a part of and witness the kingdom of God. They chose the following: forgiven, invited, included, loved, affirmed, embraced, given dignity, made whole. This lesson and these words remained with me and I shared the top four with Aurora on a Sunday where I asked the congregation to stand and go to the word they associate most with the kingdom of God. Together we discussed why we chose this word and how we exemplify this word in our church and community. As I sat with kids and elders, we discussed the simple act of saying hi and inviting someone over. The act of welcoming someone is central to our understanding of kingdom and it isn’t rocket science, but perhaps a bit awkward as we get used to it.