Place of honor

Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.                    When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet,          do not sit down at the place of honor,          in case someone more distinguished than you          has been invited by your host.                   â€”Luke 14.8

Don’t think poorly of yourself; that’s not it. Remember you are God’s Beloved, in whom God is delighted. And in humility remember the same of others. God has no hierarchy, no preferences, only love.

Be aware of the supremacy you internalize, assuming for yourself a higher place because you are white or male or not crazy, in all the ways we favor and judge. Resolve this day to meet everyone knowing they are as honored as you or anyone you honor. In your heart and mind give them the place of honor. For it is only in giving honor that we receive it.

Notice the thousand ways we sort and rank, the ways we assign goodness and privilege, the hierarchies we imagine into being. Defy them. At God’s table royalty and outcast sit side by side and are indistinguishable. Spend your life at that table and become indistinguishable from God.

          Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

__________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light

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