Week of June 20, 2021
Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49
Saul clothed David with his armor; he put a bronze helmet on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail. David strapped Saul's sword over the armor, and he tried in vain to walk, for he was not used to them. Then David said to Saul, "I cannot walk with these; for I am not used to them." So David removed them. Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the wadi, and put them in his shepherd's bag, in the pouch; his sling was in his hand, and he drew near to the Philistine.
(1 Samuel 17:38-40, NRSV)
There is an optimal way to be, for each of us, but these ways differ. What protects one person and makes them feel safe may be stifling for another. In fact, what protected you in an earlier phase of your life may now be a coat of mail, keeping you from walking.
Different things are useful at different times. There are times when we need that chain mail and we strap that puppy on and we are kept safe from those who do not wish us well. Maturity is knowing when to put it on and when to take it off.
The spiritual journey is about learning how to be in your own skin and recognizing the gifts God has placed in your hands.
When you are yourself, no more and no less, you are most open to the movement of God. You are at your most teachable and transformable. This is prayer. This is worship. This is God in us and us in God.
May we, as worship artists, use whatever God has placed in our hands to create moments where people can just be in their skin before God and know that that is enough. That they, that we, are precious, that we are loved, and that we are enough.
The me that I am is all you want, God. May I offer that to you, over and over, and may I always use the gifts you have given me to your glory. Amen.
Lyricist and Poet
Christ United Methodist Church