June 21 Reflections

I am an American. I was born in the United States of America.  I am Caucasian of Dutch descent. I was born in Iowa to Edward A and Esther Boone at Sheldon, Iowa(I know can anything good come out of Sheldon, as Philip asked can anything good come out of Nazareth…well Jesus came out of Nazareth and I did come out of Sheldon, so yes something good can come out Sheldon) and have lived in Iowa in various places for 55 of my 64 years.  I am a follower of Jesus Christ.

Who am I? This is one of the most important questions that can be asked and answered. Which is the most important piece of your identity? Because sometimes the various pieces of the identity come into conflict. My primary identity is that I belong to Jesus Christ. As important as all the other pieces are this is most basic…primary. If this comes into conflict with family or country I choose to identify with Jesus. I am Verlyn loved by Jesus. And if in the country I love something goes on that is contrary to the teachings of Jesus…I choose Jesus. A song I learned as a little child speaks even today:

Jesus loves the little children…all the children of the world…red, brown, yellow, black, and white…they are precious in his sight…Jesus loves the little children of the world. (Jesus Loves the Little Children) Jesus loves those children of different colors the same as they grow into adults. Jesus loves all the adults of the world…red, brown, yellow, black, and white, they are precious in his sight.  Sometimes a touch snarky response to “Black Lives Matter” is to say, “All Lives Matter.” While true…this is also true all lives do not matter until Black lives matter…. Brown lives matter…Red lives matter…White lives matter.  My desire is that I would love all people as Jesus loved no matter the color of skin, recognizing all are made in the image of God.

The identity issue is important in self-defining. Who am I? It determines my yes and no. What I will do. What I will not do. Moses was on a journey of figuring out who he was. Am I an Egyptian? Or am I a Hebrew? At one point he sat down at a well.  Sorting through his past, his present and what did his future look like. From the court of Pharaoh to being on the run wondering who am I. We are going to think about this on Sunday as we consider Moses sitting at the well. Some passages to read and reflect on: Exodus 2:11-25; Acts 7:20-29Psalm 42Acts 10:34-38.

Grace upon Grace,

Pastor Verlyn