“Instead of asking the text to define and label all that is, we can ask God to speak into the space between words, between biblical times and our time, and between categories we see as opposites.” - reflections on Genesis 1:27
What does it look like to live with enough - with the idea that we in fact share a universe of abundance? The pressures of the world scream scarcity, but the spiritual call for us is to dig in and have some soul when it comes to our finances, our resources, and our commitment to one another.
Lynne Twist writes about living out of the flow of enough for others in her powerful book The Soul of Money.
Twist writes about living in the flow of generosity with and for others, rather than in the anxious preoccupation of amassing wealth or protecting our resources for us alone.
“We find sufficiency and sustainable prosperity when we think of our resources as a flow that is meant to be shared, when we put our full attention on making a difference with what we have, and when we partner with others in ways that expand and deepen that experience.”
Ancient wisdom - especially as found in the Scriptures - teach us that money is a gift and tool to be used for the common good. When we find that we in fact have enough, then we let go of our fear and take flight for a world shared in and out of abundance.
What did Jesus say? In his Sermon on the Mount - what many think is the fullness summation of all off his earthly teaching, Jesus talks about resting in abundance:
“Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.“ (Matthew 6:26-34, NRSV)
Imagine how our lives would be better if we were able to take flight, trust the flow, and live not out of scarcity but a sense of enough for all?
We just might change the world.
This week we've seen a painful, unprecedented, public drama unfold, around truth telling, testimony and trauma. Christ folks bear one another's stories, truths and wounds because it is a way in which we might love God, love our neighbors and truly love ourselves. It's when we yield to the flourishing of others, we find true care for ourselves.
This Fall season as we dive into our #Ubtuntu series - what life, belonging and purpose in community look like - our kids are going deep as well. Curated by Jess Calvert, Christ Church’s Children’s Director, you’ll see weekly reads for kids of all ages. Every book has been specifically chosen to tie into the themes covered in our weekly sermons.
All books are available through the Portland County library system. Check them out today!
The Trump administration has just set the refugee admissions goal for next fiscal year at 30,000 - the lowest level in U.S. history. This drastically low number will leave tens of thousands of vulnerable refugees without a chance at safety. Here is a rapid response toolkit to equip everyone to take action on this. - via Church World Service