I can't remember whether I have linked before to "Psalms Modern," the Presbyterian Welcome Devotional Blog. This weeks passage is especially riveting, reflecting on this piece of scripture from last Sunday:
Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them…and so they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” And Joshua son of Nun, assistant to Moses, one of his chosen men, said “My lord Moses, stop them!” But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all God’s people were prophets, and that God would put God’s spirit on them!”--Numbers 11:26-29
Elizabeth McCord, M. Div., offers a reflection which includes the following:
...I can’t help but feel we betray our Heart when we respond to prophecy with disciplinary charges rather than open-minded conversation. Jealous and embittered is a church that attempts to squelch the unrelenting, insuppressible voice of the Spirit. Rigid and non-reforming is a church that masks its torn and bleeding wounds with orderly judicial papers mimicking the world of U.S. governance rather than the New Creation of Christ. And, hypocritical and lost is a church that gives lip service to ministry for marginalized people without claiming its own role as the marginalizor, or that fails to support the Spirit-filled ministers (ordained or lay) who would otherwise lead us to embrace the profuseness of God’s grace. I am saddened and wearied by this denomination.
Go and read. It is good for the soul. And join me in prayer:
How long, O Lord? How long? Amen.
Silly me! Thanks to Little Mary's prompting, I have linked to Psalms Modern above, and here.