Imagine

Imagine.

Imagine a world without doors locked from fear or grief or sadness or despair.

Imagine a world without those great divides of us and them, of rich and poor, of haves and have-nots, of gets and get-nots.

Imagine a world in which folks looked not to walls that divide but to ties that bind.

Imagine a world in which hearts are taught not to fear but to love.

Imagine that.

Imagine—no remember—that wonderful John Lennon song “Imagine”

Won’t you join us in that song. But look carefully for we’ve changed a word or two:

Imagine heaven all around us


It’s easy if you try


Heaven right within us


Expansive as the sky


Imagine all the people


Living from that place.

 

Imagine no divisions


No boundaries, no borders


Nothing to kill or die for


It’s not that hard to do


Imagine all the people


Living life in peace

 

You may say God’s a dreamer


God’s not the only one


Maybe one day we will join her


And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions


A world without a pall


No need for greed or hunger


Community for all


Imagine all the people


Sharing what they have

 

You may say God’s a dreamer


God’s not the only one


Maybe one day we will join her


And the world will be as one

 

I think God calls us into the work of imagining the world anew. The world Christ ushers in. A world in which water turns to wine. A world in which the lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear, and the poor experience good news.

Imagine the world Christ ushers in.

Imagine that Easter world. Right here. Right now.

*At Live at Five I think we’re on the way. On the way to an Easter world of Jubilee where people gather together to celebrate life with one another—life in Christ both here and far beyond those doors.

*At St. Michael and All Angels—our larger congregation on the move both reaching out to people in deep need and digging deep in a life of prayer, praise and service.

Worshipping communities leaning into God’s imaginings.

But take a moment—just a moment—to imagine that Easter world lived not from a place of fear but from a place of love and hope.

Imagine Albuquerque living form that place.

*There would be no houseless or no homeless in an Albuquerque                                     powered by love. We’d find a place for folks and find a way to connect with one another too.

*Our children would be loved and welcomed and offered the                                                 chance to grow into the people God created them to be.

*Police would protect and also serve—beginning with the least of                                     God’s creation.

*And the people—we the people would step away from our own                                     vantage point and begin to see things from the point of God in the                                     other facing us.

 

Imagine our country living not from a place of fear but from a place of love.

Remember what Paul said about love: Love is patient; love is kind;                                     love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things.

What a foundation for a Presidential campaign! What a base for a party platform!

 

And imagine—just for an Easter moment—a world lived from that place of             deep peace Jesus offers those who come into his orb. That peace that springs from abiding in the healing waters of God’s love. No need to prove one’s or one’s country’s righteousness. All are loved. All are welcomed. All are tenderly cared for.

Imagine. Just imagine.

Imagine heaven all around us


It’s easy if you try


Heaven right within us


Expansive as the sky


Imagine all the people


Living from that place.

 

Imagine no divisions


No boundaries, no borders


Nothing to kill or die for


It’s not that hard to do


Imagine all the people


Living life in peace

 

You may say God’s a dreamer


God’s not the only one


Maybe one day we will join her


And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions


A world without a pall


No need for greed or hunger


Community for all


Imagine all the people


Sharing what they have

 

You may say God’s a dreamer


God’s not the only one


Maybe one day we will join her


And the world will be as one

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