April 2nd Lenten Devotion

God Among Us

Tara Wilkins

Matthew 12:46-50

In 2003, a show aired called Joan of Arcadia.  In the first episode, Joan prays to God that she will do anything, if God will let her brother, who was in a bad car accident that left him paraplegic, live.  God first appears to her as a cute college guy, who assigns her a task.  In each subsequent episode God gives her a different task, but appears to her as a different person; an elderly woman, a teenager, a small child, the bus driver, a passerby.

The effect of watching the show became that with each encounter of a person that wasn’t a regular character, you began to listen closely to see if that was God presenting a new assignment.  The show’s theme song, What if God Was One of Us?, posed an interesting question.

Jesus’ words to the crowds remind us that the family of God extends beyond our family of origin.  What connects us is that God is in us and among us, each of us. In a culture of deep division, we tend to see ourselves by our differing characteristics or ideas. We must remember that we are not red people or blue people, but God’s people.  What if instead, we first ask the question of each person we encounter, what if God is indeed one of us?

 Dear God, help me to see you in everyone I meet.  Amen.

 

Rev. Tara Wilkins is the pastor at Bridgeport United Church of Christ in northeast Portland, Oregon.

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