My heart this week is broken over strife in my denomination, the Episcopal Church. My old church (my first when I became a Christian in college) has left our denomination as of Monday, and allegations of all sorts are being thrown around. I do not wish to comment on the issue, as the main player on each “side” (oh, how that word pains me; God forgive us) I count as a friend and mentor. I do not wish to downplay the claims of each party, for they are serious and need to be discussed. But no matter the outcome, I believe God’s heart is grieved at such strife.
I read a thoughtful sermon on a Disciples of Christ minister’s blog that she preached this past Sunday. Both the Scripture and the sermon have been medicine for my soul today. The author’s name is Rachel, and the post can be found on her blog. Please read it and the passage (Isaiah 58:1-12).