The Wandering Desert Monk

The Wandering Desert Monk

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A lesson from the Garden: Put away your sword

This is Holy Week in the life of the Christian Church. I will be sharing lessons from the Garden.

Today’s lesson: Put away your sword.

When we experience threat or danger, it is easy to pick up the handiest tool to attack the intrusion that threatens the sanctity of our faith. Peter grabbed a sword; we grab a pen and write a letter to the editor. Or we grasp our angry feelings and lash out with cursing and vitriolic defensiveness. Jesus watches our defensive tactics, shakes his head, and says, “It is enough, put it away now.” Then he does the act that undoes the fruit of our impulsive defensiveness: he heals the wounds left by our attempt to defend ourselves and him. Jesus does not need you to defend him. – Ron Friesen

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