I preached my first-ever Easter sermon yesterday. Titled “Love Meets You Where You Are.” (Here’s a link to the full sermon: http://vimeo.com/92445329.) In part, the story I was reflecting on is about the movement of love, reaching toward us as we search for it. And the responsbility, as we search for and embody love, to move into the world with love. Not just on sabbaths and festivals and holy days, but always. So the sermon ended with this poem by the ethicist Emilie Townes, who calls us to grapple with the complexity of who we are individually and as communities, and suggests that we will find love in our “everdayness” together.
The everydayness of listening closely when folks talk or don’t talk to hear what they are saying
the everydayness of taking some time, however short or long, to refresh ourselves through prayer or meditation
the everydayness of speaking to folks and actually meaning whatever it is that is coming out of our mouths
the everydayness of being a presence in people’s lives;
the everydayness of designing a class session or lecture or reading or writing or thinking;
the everydayness of sharing a meal;
the everydayness of facing heartache and disappointment;
the everydayness of joy and laughter;
the everydayness of facing people who expect us to lead them somewhere or at least point them in the right direction and walk among them;
the everydayness of blending head and heart;
the everydayness of getting up and trying one more time to get our living right.
She concludes her work with these words: “It is in this everydayness that ‘we the people’ are formed. And we, the people of faith, must live and be witness to a justice wrapped in a love that will not let us go and a peace that is simply too ornery to give up on us … won’t you join me?”
Love is on the move!
Source: Emilie Townes. Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil.