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Carriage Hill

01 Nov

This past Sunday many of our faith community gathered at Carriage Hill Nursing home to spend some time with the residents.  Our time was spent playing bingo, having personal conversations, handing out some treats and giving away some crafts our kids had made the previous week. Most importantly it was a time of getting to know some new people in our community that in many ways have been pushed off into the margins.

 

Perhaps we need to spend some time contemplating some of the following questions:

* how can our eyes be more focused on those who get left out?  * who are the others in our community that get pushed to the margins? * how can we live more in the margins? * are we willing to live there?

 

What other questions come to your mind (leave a comment)?

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2 Comments

Posted by on November 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

2 responses to “Carriage Hill

  1. christie

    November 1, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I think the people with disabilities live in the margins and often are not thought of. I feel challenged to open my eyes and ask God to point out the needs around me and give me a heart that cares for them. I really have a heart for the children of divorced families who are so tossed between their parents and are often subjected to their parents disagreements. I see them in the clinic and my heart breaks for them and the fact that they do not have stability in them most basic “sacred’ environment of their own home!

     
    • Mat

      November 1, 2010 at 11:45 am

      I have recently found myself reading the book of Habakkuk. For Habakkuk those on the margins are the poor and oppressed. King Jehohim and his administration had lived corruptly and broken God’s commands and by doing so were oppressing and marginalizing the poor in their community. The rich were exploiting the poor and there were certainly inequalities within their judicial system. For Habakkuk as with most of the prophets, God cares just as much about liberation and justice as salvation. The book begins with the prophet questioning God about the injustice that is going on in the world.

      Habakkuk 1:2-4 says,

      How long, LORD, must I call for help,
      but you do not listen?
      Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
      but you do not save?
      Why do you make me look at injustice?
      Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
      Destruction and violence are before me;
      there is strife, and conflict abounds.
      Therefore the law is paralyzed,
      and justice never prevails.
      The wicked hem in the righteous,
      so that justice is perverted.

      The Lord responded to Habakkuk that he was going to send the Babylonians to wipe out the people in Judah. Habakkuk talked quite a bit about the anger of God. Too often those of us living in 2010 have a hard time hearing about the anger of God. But the anger of God for ancient Israelites was not the opposite of God’s love, but an expression of God’s love. God punishes those who oppress because God loves the oppressed. God punishes those who marginalize because God cares about those on the margins.

      By the way, the story does have a happy ending as God promises that the righteous will live by their faith. And by doing so they will trust in the Lord in spite of the evil around them.

      Habakkuk 3:17-18 says,
      Though the fig tree does not blossom,
      and no fruit is on the vines;
      though the produce of the olive fails,
      and the fields yield no food;
      though the flock is cut off from the fold,
      and there is no herd in the stalls,
      yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
      I will exult in the God of my salvation.

      I agree with Chris, Christie, and Habakkuk that we must reach out to those who are in the margins. According to the Gospel of Luke, we see our bloody, beaten, and broken Savior Jesus reaching out the one on the margins (the thief on the cross) even while Jesus, himself was dying and suffering on the cross.

      May we be faithful this day to live outside the margins so that we may walk by our faith in the one who cares deeply about the marginalized and oppressed.

       

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