If You Keep Quiet at A Time Like This…

In and among all this chaos,

I have been working toward a deeper sense of faith and understanding; I mean what else is this cultural upheaval about?
 
When I feel helpless, as I often do, I don’t shame myself for feeling like a child or a coward, I instead turn inward and ask God how I may be an instrument of love, truth, and peace? How can I be a messenger?
 

While there have been parts of my life in which I have largely ignored my calling for “shiny things,” now is not one of those times. There is nothing for me in those places of my past, but I appreciate the lessons that were given to me.

After seeing the hurtful and sometimes wacky side of Christianity, I was turned off, disgusted, to be honest.  I decided that Christianity was a religion “not for me.” As an Interfaith Minister there is no shortage of paths, so I explored them all. Each are inroads and out roads of the same universal truth, a truth I don’t think humanity will ever fully grasp.

 

As a fatherless daughter,  I discovered my need to follow Jesus, but struggled with reconciling my feminist view points, my acceptance and celebration of LGBTQ love, and so on, with the tenets of Christianity. But then I remembered:

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 
                                                                                                 -John 13:34
I don’t recall Jesus turning away anyone, not one single soul.
Then I discovered this:
You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.
                                                                                                            – Leviticus 19:18
and this gets me thinking about all the people of the world that need to be loved by receiving basic human needs. I just can’t sit and do nothing.

In all of this chaos, I have decided to fix my eyes one pointed, fully focused, on seeking and being imbued by the Holy Spirit. There is nothing that can separate that which is not separate to begin with; practicing mindfulness amplifies our connection and awareness of the divine.

WOMEN. WYMYN. TRANSWOMEN.

 Jesus is calling you right now to take up you divine power of the Holy Spirit and begin to nurture and heal the world again. As a woman that has been called, I feel that answering this call is not only empowering but necessary. To love radically, as we have been loved is the only pathway through. 
We must birth a culture that celebrates science, spirituality, art, and nature. We must embody such a confidence in Christ that we are not threatened by the reevaluation of traditions or even what it means to be a woman. Let us welcome all who identify as women, uplifting and encouraging each and every mother and maiden and crone to proudly share her light with the world.

This is the call: to seek to fully understand God through loving one another; to unify the human family. Have you heard it?

If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?
                                                                                                                     Esther 4:14
I have just completed a course and book outline that I am eager to teach entitled IF YOU REMAIN SILENT AT A TIME LIKE THIS… Feminist Meditations on the book of Esther.
I have no idea how this is all going to unfold, where I am going to teach it, but I have asked for guidance and an open path whenever, wherever, and to whomever.

For those that love Jesus and stand by his precepts, this is our time to exemplify him.

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