Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
I was thinking on the 7th Day to say to people at the Meeting I attend, there is such a thing as convincement because I was convinced by George Fox, convinced of the truth of the Gospel: Jesus came, died, and was resurrected, all to save us from our sins. It was one of the many ideas that flowed through my mind during the week to awaken them to the fact that they're not Quaker, because a Quaker is Christian; they're not the Religious Society of Friends, because the original name was Friends in Truth, and they're confused about the truth.
Praise be to God I did not say any of the things. What I did do was to wait upon the Lord, which is not easy in a Meeting that is hostile to the very thing they claim to own. And I prayed. I prayed the Spirit would be overall and that they would feel that presence, even if they didn't recognize it as coming from God.
There were only three of us to start, and the woman who opened the doors was restless, getting up once to leave the room and another time a little later to rearrange chairs. Finally, she settled down and the man sitting to the side of me stood and spoke. He recounted his and his wife's previous day bicycle ride on the trails, how beautiful the day was and the people who greeted them warmly as they rode by, and then--as I sat wondering, did he think to thank God?--he said he felt (I paraphrase) something of the Divine in all of it. YES! I thought.
Another person entered late and immediately, a disturbing image intruded in my mind's eye. I quickly knew it to be of a demonic spirit attached to the woman. I prayed for Jesus to rid her of that spirit, knowing it would disappear immediately, and it did. I settled back into worship, praising my Lord, knowing His great power and presence was overall. All of my recognition coming from what I've been reading and contemplating in the Journal of George Fox, where he writes about his travels to the New World in 1672.
The time came for their established query that signals a closing of Meeting. Everyone was silent to the last moments when the restless woman spoke of her joy from the earlier speaker's message and her sense of the presence of the Divine.
Thank you, Lord, I said silently, and was joyous myself knowing it was the Spirit and power of our Lord and Savior. And I praise my Lord and Teacher for holding my tongue that whole time. We all shook hands, even the late-comer who had shunned me at other times because I had used "God" speak, or "Christ" speak.
Divine they were capable of acknowledging. It's step. Praise be to God.
I wonder if heaven is like this: everyone plays games and no one cheats. No one even thinks about cheating. Cheating doesn’t exist.
And there are championship games but there are no prostitutes involved, no human trafficking; no sexual perversions at all. These ideas don’t exist in anyone’s mind.
There’s no anger over anything. No one has to be reminded not to be angry or reminded to be kind because anger and unkindness don’t exist in the hearts and minds of those who live in…Continue
Posted on 5thMo. 12, 2017 at 17:44
Prior to attending Norristown Meeting I sat for preparation for meeting for worship. Starting with the brief prayer that my reading be profitable to worship that morning, I found myself unable to give way and instead waited. Here's why: the Lord opened to me my anger. In that moment of opening, He gave me words. This blog are the words.
Many who self-identify as Quaker are unaware that Quakers are Christian; so when a Quaker comes in the midst of them and speaks the things of…Continue
Posted on 4thMo. 6, 2017 at 15:31 — 6 Comments
I was thinking in worship how i've wanted to to be freed from the constraints of the dictates from other sources. and thinking, envisioning in my mind going outward to some place, some lonely place to be freed from the constraints, the dictates and the lord let me see that it's not outward, the freedom is not outward and the freedom is not inward. the freedom is in him. And when the…
Posted on 3rdMo. 16, 2017 at 15:10