Questions, Questions, Questions – What do I say?
Colossians 4: 2-6 (NRSV)
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, 4 so that I may reveal it clearly, as I should.
5 Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.
What do I say? In all the work of hope, justice and love, what do I say?
What words can capture the wonder of the creator of all things?
What words can explain the light that shines in the darkness?
The challenge we are faced with is that there are no magic words. There is no set formula for what to say to share the hope, justice and love that is embodied in the Divine. So what do I say?
What do I say? The answer is found in our Colossians reading, and it is not the answer we wanted but the answer we need. The answer is not about the words but the actions, we are tasked with moving beyond the rite and ritual of religion and to move forward into the roles and responses of relationship.
We are challenged to take whatever we do and fill it with the seasoning of hope, justice and love. We are challenged to live with integrity and show in all we do what it means to co-create with the creator of all things, and not say magic words to appease a distant God.
When I ask — “What do I say?”
Show me that it is my actions
That need to speak of
Hope, justice and love.
Help me to show that it’s how I live
that says more about my belief than just words about it,
With hope, justice and love
So your Love is known now.