Clothe Yourselves with Love

This meditation is based on a passage for April 24, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Colossians 3:1-17

Reflection and Question: Some of the people who have made this summary of life in Christ abundantly real for me are the LGBT faithful in the church. They testify to exactly the process outlined here. In the wonderful book, Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in American, Rev. Mel White and Bishop Gene Robinson share how anger and wrath grew in them when they hid in the closet. For them both, kindness, humility and patience for themselves and others blossomed when they embraced that there is no straight or gay but only Christ. As gay believers, the word of Christ dwells in them richly, for they know that God loves us all. How do you clothe yourself in love?

Prayer: Help us live in peace as true members of Your body. 
Let Your word dwell richly in us as we teach and sing.
Thanks and praise be to God through You, Lord Jesus.
In what-e’er we do let Your name receive the praise.
(Bert Polman, Christ, You Are the Fullness, 1986, The Presbyterian Hymnal, 346)