Bonswa! Koman ou ye? Communications director, Rick Wolcott blogging from Haiti

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Bonswa! Koman ou ye?

For those of you not fluent in Creole (which includes me J), that means “Good evening! How are you?”

I am writing tonight from Cap Haitien, the second-largest city in Haiti. I arrived this afternoon with Rev. Erik Marshall and six of his parishioners from Church of the Saviour (North Coast District) in Cleveland Heights.

Erik taught school in Haiti for three years between college and seminary. Since arriving at Church of the Saviour (COTS) as Pastor of Global and Community Outreach, he has made four trips back to Haiti.

In May when I was asked by Erik to be part of the team for this trip he told me the goal was “to build relationships to assist the ongoing mission of community development in the Dondon area.” Erik explained that, “We no longer work on construction, as many mission trips do, because it takes work…

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Are Grace And Judgement Antithetical?

“You, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
Slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth. (Psalm 86:15)

My flesh trembles for fear of You;
I stand in awe of Your judgments. (Psalm 119:120)”

http://ref.ly/o/hbkpray/320166 via the Logos Bible Android app.

For the sake of time I won’t be sharing a long stream of consciousness today.  Instead, a simple open-ended question.

The above list of scriptures is a prayer guide that helps me pray through the biblical texts. These two scriptures were grouped together into one prayer of adoration to God, but they say two seemingly different things about God…two things that many of us struggle to hold in the balance. So I’ll ask you: how do we reconcile these two scriptures?

Are You Sure?

Most Christmases my family breaks out a pinata…. yep, a pinata.  What’s more fun than confusing the daylights out of someone and then letting them whack at an allusive paper mache animal while we all laugh at them?  As I ponder, though, the whole scene isn’t too far off from what seems to be my life of discernment.

There are times when I know that I know that I know, but they are few and far between.  Most times it’s guesswork with a varying degree of 10%-50% certainty.

How do you know what you’re doing is right?  How do you know you’re on the right track?  And why does God not make it clear…or is it me that cannot see clearly?

In this confusing state, I have found Bishop Reuben Job’s book 3 Simple Rules to be helpful: Do No Harm, Do Good, Stay in Love with God.  If you can follow these you’ll certainly be wrong at times, but you’ll ultimately be right.

What Do You Do With Guilt?

Upstairs in the spare bedroom, I’ve made a mess.  Clothes are everywhere. Really, it’s a disaster zone. But here’s the great thing! I can just close the door of the room upstairs and pretend that the mess isn’t even there.  Good solution…until I need to find clothes or go into the room for some reason.

Sometimes we treat sin the same way. We simply close the door of that room in our hearts and pretend that it isn’t there. We do this because we can’t stand the guilt. We have an aversion to it. And when we are reminded of that thing that we did wrong, we’re almost annoyed and offended that it has been brought to our attention.

Like the first time on the treadmill after a long winter break, it’s difficult yet worthwhile to bring our sin before God. But this is how healing happens. This is how the thorn of guilt in your side is removed.

Sermon Snapshot: Sacred Blindness

I’m very skilled at finding furniture in the middle of the night with my toes. But in truth, other than taking a cave expedition to see what total darkness looks like, I really don’t know what it’s like to be blind.

At least physically.

But there is another type of blindness, one that could be potentially much more dangerous than the physical impairment. Come find out why you might have this terrible ill, but where there is healing in Christ.

Looking forward to sharing with you at Church of the Saviour at 8:30, 9:30, & 11:00. 

In Case You’re Wondering…

I know you all are used to getting a blog post every weekday morning.  That schedule has been put to the test ever since I got back from the poverty immersion weekend.  Now with using only public transit, and the demands of time there, things have been out of wack schedule wise.  I’ll look to get caught up this weekend, and there’s some interesting stuff coming up.  This Lenten practice of only taking public transit has been interesting, fun, and already is a growth experience.  So stay tuned, I’m excited to share with you all.

Peace,

Erik