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“Jesu Tawa Pano”

“Jesus, we are here”

Noise.  It’s all that I’ve heard, it seems, for the past few years; shouting, yelling and banners being waved high.  “So and so is a communist,” mustaches reminiscent of the evil Adolf Hitler painted upon presidents faces and people cheering at the number of people executed through lethal injection.

“Jesu Tawa Pano”

More noise, political speeches from all sides cheapening real discussion.  You’re told unions are evil, there are death panels in health care reform and that the debt ceiling crisis will end the United States as we know it.

“Jesu Tawa Pano”

It’s gotten so loud that you don’t even notice it sometimes.  It’s another 24-hour new personality from all spectrums screaming and yelling about something or someone.  Its people saying, “get a job you lazy bum” to someone who was laid off after 10 years on the same job.  It’s the expression that the “Occupy Wallstreet” is trying to hurt the US.  It’s all just noise meant to distract you.

“Tawa Pano Muzita Renyu”

What if we took the time to just pause and listen instead of yelling past each other; reflecting instead of rejecting, loving instead of hating and compassion instead of indifference?  Would that bring about a change?

“Jesu Tawa Pano”
“Jesu Tawa Pano”
“Jesu Tawa Pano”
“Tawa Pano Muzita Renyu”

What if we put our faith back in Christ focusing on his call to love out neighbor as our self and to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, mind and soul?  Let us turn our lives over to God again, letting the noise dissipate.  Maybe then, we’ll be able to hear the voices of those who constantly are drowned out by the noise of our world.  There are many who suffer but never get relief, may God use us to seek healing, reconciliation and to address the needs of God’s people.

Jesus, we are here… we are here for you.  As we sing our song, may it calm our spirit, focus our minds and allow us to hear Christ’s message in how we are to live our lives.

Amen.

“Jesus, we are here”

“Jesus, we are here”

“We are here for you”

This reflection was written by the Rev. Brenton Thompson, who served as a YAV in Northern Ireland (2003-2004) and in the Ukraine (2004-2005).  He is now the minister for Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Limerick, PA.

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