Journey: Do We Dare?

Read:  “Making it real”

This week, I read McLaren’s fascinating portrayal of Mary trying, on the one hand, to put her experience of Jesus into words–and doing so in a way that invites her listeners to consider him for themselves.

This is the essence of Christian witnessing–taking The Story and making it our story. When we follow Jesus, people not only see him, they see us. We become identified as his disciples. It is clear that Mary, the mother of our Lord, did this herself. And her decision is an invitation for us to do the same.

The final words of the chapter speak for themselves, so rather than write a meditation based on McLaren’s words, I ask you to meditate on his own words…

“Do we dare to step out and follow Jesus, to make the road by walking, to risk everything on an uprising of peace, an uprising of generosity, an uprising of forgiveness, an uprising of love?  If we believe, we will make it real.”

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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