Monday Theme – Listening takes time and space
Script - 1 Kings 19:12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper
At the close of last weeks devotions I suggested that obedience to God (the discovery of our truest and best selves) required of us heart knowledge and not just head knowledge. In other words, if we are to be obedient to God, it is not just accepting a list of doctrines and concepts that is required, but a heart shaped by the justice, mercy, compassion and creativity of God as revealed through scripture and the incarnation of Christ. In order for us as disciples to develop an obedient heart, we first learn to listen. And this week, we will contemplate some of the listening practicess that will prepare us to hear and obey God.
At first glance Elijah isn't discerning the will of God in today's story. Elijah is fleeing, in fear and disappointment, the wrath of King Ahab and his queen Jezebel. This happens just after his courageous prophetic action against idolatry, speaking the truth of God to the politically powerful. So Jezebel seeks to take Elijah's life and he flees. But Elijah doesn't flee away from God as Jonah did. Instead Elijah runs toward God. Elijah flees to Mt. Horeb, called the mountain of God, the location from which God delivered the 10 Commandments to Moses. Elijah flees to a thin place where the presence of God is experienced. Elijah runs toward a location where God's will is perceived and known.
Notice how isolated Elijah becomes. He travels for days. He goes hungry in order to be fed by the angel of God. Listening for God takes time and space. It cannot be done quickly. This kind of prayerful discernment cannot be crammed into already over-scheduled lives. Time is required. No multi-tasking, no time limit. Listening is open-ended and ongoing. It cannot be rushed. Space too is required. Space being a metaphor for silence. Elijah has to let go of his own agenda (I have had enough...take my life,) and the usual methods of strengthening and renewal (waiting for the surprising food from the angel). In our own experience this means taking time to leave behind the usual sources of our opinions, the voices that shape our worldview, and our dearly help beliefs, in order to create space for the word of God to be planted and take root.
We participate in God shaping in us obedient hearts, when we take time and make space to listen carefully to the voice of God calling, encouraging, challenging and loving us.
Quote – Psalm 62:1 For God alone my soul waits in silence
Prayer – We thank you, shepherd of rest who leads us beside still waters, for the gift of your peace. Forgive us our addiction to speed, productivity and being busy. Enable us to create time to be still and silent so that we can listen for you. In those moments, shape us, we pray, into patient, merciful and obedient disciples.
Tuesday Theme – Listening requires letting go of our own agenda
Script – Jacob 32:24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak
Reflection – Yesterday we touched upon but did not focus attention on another of the prayer practices that allow God to shape our hearts for obedience. That practice was letting go of our own agenda. You will recall that we did touch upon the fact that as Elijah fleed to God, the first thing to be addressed was Elijah's own desire to die. He went into prayerful discernment with his own agenda. But his agenda was in the way of God's will for him and call for him. So that agenda had to be set aside. Part of discernment is the practice of becoming aware of our own spiritual agendas and assumptions. Then the practice is letting go of them so that we can hear God's call to us, which may be very unlike our own.
The whole story of Jacob can be read as a reflection on this very thing. You will recall that Jacob is the 'younger' brother of his twin Esau. Esau, who is bor first would be the privileged brother, the recipient of his father's blessing and a chief portion of the inheritance of his father's wealth. But God has revealed to their mother that Jacob, the second son, will be the privileged and blessed one. The problem is that she and Jacob both seem to interpret this promise of blessing as a privilege that must be grasped by their own efforts, which little regard to how their actions affect others. They seem to forget that the blessing of God is both privilege and responsibility, a gift, but a gift that is stewarded so that it can be shared with others. It is a trust, not a possession. Much of the Jacob story illustrates his journey from grasping, owning, and controlling his privilege to accepting, stewarding and sharing the blessing.
This is what I mean by letting go of our agenda through careful and steadfast discernment. We are constantly bombarded by information and opinion which shapes the way we see the world and process all that we see and experience. But for every perspectice there is an equal and opposite perspective. It can difficult, early impossible to come to a conclusion. Throughout our lives we take on these world views to make sense of our self and the world we live in. The story of Jacob reminds us that letting go of our preconcieved notions can be difficult and even painful. This applies to matters of faith as well. Think of all the times not only religious leaders, but also the disciples and especially Peter struggled to interpret and apply the things Jesus said and did. So we take time and space, so that the word of God can shape and transform our ways of thinking and acting. This will sometimes mean we are challenged and we will need to let go of the way we are in order to move on to become the person God is calling us to be.
Quote - Proverbs 2:3,5 indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
Prayer – Help us, Lord of resurrection and transformation, to trust you enough to release ourselves to dying and rising with Christ. Make us bold enough to offer those dearly held beliefs and assumptions that hold us back, even though they are comfortable and stable. Help us trust you enough to believe in the future self you are revealing to us and shaping us to be.
Wednesday Theme – Listening to God will reveal the unexpected
Script 1 Samuel 3:9 So Eli told Samuel, "Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, 'Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.'" So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
As today's verse reveals, God is speaking to Samuel. Samuel is just a boy. Eli is the priest. God should be speaking to him. But God is doing something new and unexpected, so Samuel is the recipient of the word of God. A couple of verses later God will say to Samuel, ' "See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle.' When listening for and to God we might want to expect the unexpected. I would even be so bold as to suggest that we can recognize the voice of God when we are surprised and shocked. If what we hear fits neatly into the way things are and what we already think, it probably isn't God.
In today's story, the shocking and unexpected thing that God is doing is replacing Eli and his sons as the High Priests. The sons enjoy their social status as priests and use that to gain themselves privilege. But they do not serve the people and they are not faithful. Eli has allowed this to happen. So they will all be replaced. Sometimes the word of God calls forth unexpected and unsettling changes. God's word to Moses was a call to leave the comfort of his life as a shepherd in the country to return to Egypt and confront the Pharoah. God's word to Israel through the prophets is unrelenting in its blunt force. The political and religious leaders are adept at worship but fail miserable to create a society which cares for the common good and provides for the most vulnerable. God's word to Mary, that she would carry the son of the Most High, would not have been simply good news. Being a young, unmarried woman meant this word of God would have created some fear and dread and doubt as well.
When listening for God we are learning to listen for a very delicate balance. If we only hear blessing and affirmation, we are only hearing our own wants and desires. In popular Christianity today we hear this in the prosperity gospel which ministers to the wealthy without challenging them to offer their possessions and take up a cross. We hear it in the popular refrain, 'God Bless America,' without pausing to consider if the policies of our nation are pleasing to a God who demands justice for the poor, the welcome of aliens and trust in God alone instead of military might. But we also hear it in public religious figures who are quick to denounce and condemn all those 'others' whether gay, lesbian, transgender, feminist, or liberal Christians as the cause for every trauma and social ill. Subtly we hear it whenever God is angry only and never merciful. This is the balance. If God offers only blessing and approval, that probably isn't God. But neither is is God if what we hear is only angry and vengeful. The voice of God is that subtle line confronting sin, but calling forth redemption and mercy, inviting us with grace to repent and be renewed. When listening to God, we are listening to the new and unexpected, the challenging and seemingly impossible. And when we hear that, we know we are listening to a trustworthy voice. And we listen some more.
Quote - Psalm 51.6:
You desire truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
Prayer – Give us the courage, God always called, to not dismiss your words that are challenging. Call to us with honesty and mercy and guide us to respond with repentance when we must change. Call to us with passion when we must risk a new path. Call to us with urgency when we must speak an uncomfortable and unsettling truth. Continue to teach us how to listen for the new you call forth in and through us.
Friday Theme - Listening, God's story our own
Script – Luke 22:42 "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.
Reflection – In order to listen and discern the will of God, we must know the story of God. This was yesterday's meditation. Of course we also hinted that simply having knowledge of the story of God is not quite enough. The story of God isn't information to be stored, but life meant to be lived, being itself meant to be recreated in each unique life. So the final meditation of the week focuses on listening as making God's story our own story, or living our lives in such a way that they bear witness to who God is and what God does.
I know that I've shared with you before the short-comings of thinking of faith as a matter of accepting and affirming certain platitudes. I once knew a man who fervently believed in tithing 10% of his earnings to the church. Except that he didn't ever attend church, so he didn't actually practice tithing. But he found comfort, solace and pride in the fact that he believe the right thing. This is one example of knowing God's story without making that story our own. But that story is humorous and lets face it, safe. There are more relevant and challenging examples.
For instance, recently one of Gen Robert E. Lee's descendants, who is also a Christian ministers, publicly stated his opposition to maintaining confederate monuments and support of the Black Lives Matters movement. He is now no longer the pastor of a church. Too many members found his words troubling to the point of offensive. (we would do well to recall wednesday's meditation on the unsettling and unexpected nature of God's call to us.) This pastor was urging both church and society to live the life of the God who liberated the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt and chose to be incarnate among the occupied and abused inhabitants of Roman-controlled Judea. I imagine he was inspired by the life of Jesus who made the Samaritan enemy into the hero of a parable we call the Parable of the Good Samaritan, and who spent most of his time among the socially vulnerable. Allowing the story of God to shape us is challenging in that is calls us often, into direct opposition to a status quo, to the social norms and practices that we have readily accepted.
In Romans 12:2 Paul wrote, 'do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.' Notice what Paul is saying. The will of God will not conform to patterns of this world. So listening to God has a purpose. Yes, listening to God is meant to bring peace and stability, certainty and wisdom. But we must never forget that we are given these gifts so that we might then have the courage to live the life of God in the world, a world that conforms to a pattern other than that created by God.
Quote - Psalm 32:8
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Prayer – Embolden us, God who confronts and comforts both, to allow us to be shaped by your story. Teach us how to not only believe in your incarnation in the life of Jesus, but to practice incarnation in our actions and intentions. Show us how we can take part in your mission of redeeming a lost world by bearing witness to your will and way through the lives we live.
Monday Theme – Obedience as Honesty; I don't have to be perfect
Scripture – Genesis 3:2-3 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
Quote – Psalm 119:10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
Reflection – Setting the scene of today's meditation, previously God has spoken to Chaos ad created all things; earth and sky, sea and land, birds, fish, and all number of animals, and humanity, calling it all 'good.' The story goes into detail explaining how abundant and beautiful God's creation is. All that creation needs to flourish is provided, including a purpose for humanity. We are created to cooperate in God's creativity, in God's nurture of abundant life.
As lavish as God's creation is, the humans want more. Adam and Eve wander away from obedience to God's creative action, creating and following their own way by eating the forbidden fruit. It is subtle and easy to wander from the path we are called to, the path perhaps we intend to follow. I notice it in myself in the simplest of actions. While on Sabbatical, a time when I was not pressed for time, I would still drive like I was in a hurry. I would grow frustrated with 'slow' drivers and caught up in the rush to get to my destination. I would also notice it in my prayer time. Meditation and contemplation, with no agenda but to experience the presence of God quickly became the focus of my Sabbatical. There was no time limit, no rush, no other tasks that I needed to attend to most often. Yet my mind would wander and my thoughts would be invaded by other things that I wanted to do.
But what does it mean for us to be tempted by forbidden fruit? Israel's prophet's exposed bitter fruits such as; fear of lack and desire for power, the hunger for wealth and possession, yearning for honor and status. Jesus will confront us with the temptation to ignore and shame the poor, to harbor anger and bitterness toward those who have hurt us, to divide ourselves into factions and deem the other less worthy, wrong, even dangerous. All of these examples of the forbidden fruits that diminish the good we were created to be. All of these promise security and happiness, but deliver, if we an pause long enough to hear the Spirit's call, anxiety and fear, cruelty, and even violence.
The story of Adam and Eve is a gift in that it is a crucible in which we can safely ponder the ways in which we have been disobedient, in which we have settled for less than we are created to be, in which we can be honest with ourselves. It is safe because it is a story surrounded by grace. We are created good, called to a nurturing purpose in concert with God. And the story ends with God's gracious gifts of clothing for a naked, shamed and vulnerable Adam and Eve. So we are confident in contemplating the bitter fruit of our lives because a gracious and loving God is always calling for God's image, good image, in us. Our's is to trust enough to let go of the bitter fruit we have samples and receive the good fruit of God's grace. This is true obedience.
Prayer – Admitting that we have chosen our own path or followed ways that are far from your will and way, gracious God. Be with us in this time of honest reflection. Help us to see the times and ways we have sampled bitter fruit. Protect us from shame and send your Spirit you fill us with hope and courage as we turn to follow you in creative obedience.
Tuesday Theme – Obedience, Letting Go of that Which Diminishes Us
Scripture Exodus 16:3-4 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you...
Quote – Psalm 119:27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts,
that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.
Reflection – When we hear the word 'Obedience' we may very well balk at the idea. The word seems to suggest a loss of agency, creativity and independence that we very much value. It is this misunderstanding of obedience as a part of our relationship to God that is addressed by today's story for contemplation. In today's story the Hebrews have to unlearn the fearful, desperate and selfish nature that slavery in Egypt has planted in them and relearn to trust in the graciousness of God to provide. This lesson is important if they are first to be a peaceful community and second if they are to be witnesses to the nations of God's justice. If they do not learn to trust, they will not learn to be generous and without both, they will not learn how to live for the common good, which is exactly what God intends for them to do. Striving for the common good is the public face of a healthy and obedient relationship with God.
The Hebrews desires are distorted at the beginning of our story. Their desire is actually to return to enslavement. Again, there is a truth deeper than the historic in this story. Humans are created good according to Genesis 1 and this true. But our desires are deformed as well. Pharaoh desired power and control, and his leadership formed a society built upon that same desire (perhaps nurtured by fear of loss?) which lead to the cruel and violent enslavement of an entire people. The example is extreme no doubt. But can we not look both to the not so distant history of WWII and even current events in which Muslims and immigrants are treated with disrespect and outright cruelty and white supremacists emboldened to march without hoods to see that humans are created good, but can all too easily, through fear, pain, and anger misshapen into hateful and violent actors? Disobedience is no small matter. It can have very serious consequences.
God demands obedience of the Hebrews in the desert, in the midst of their understandable fear, not to wrest from them their humanity, their will, their creativity, or their freedom, but instead to shape them so that they can become again the 'good' proclaimed at the dawn of creation. Obedience to God does not do us harm, it is good. It does not injure us but instead is a process of healing and making whole. And this story most importantly for us, shows us that obedience to God does not enslave us to the will of another, but rather frees us to realize the potential with which we are all born, to reflect the image of God that resides in us all.
Prayer – Send your Spirit, God of creation and resurrection, to energize us in our growing in your Image. Teach us not to fear challenge nor to resist change, but to trust that when we cooperate with your will, we will discover our truest and best selves and so be enabled to work with you in the renewing of the world and the creation of your kingdom.
Wednesday Theme - Obedience as Social Justice and the Common Good
Scripture Amos 8:4-6
Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land, saying,
“When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain,
and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?”--
skimping on the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales, buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat.
Quote – Psalm 119: 36-37 Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to your word
Reflection – Let's do a quick review of what we have been meditating on so far this week as we have contemplated obedience. On Monday began the spiritual journey of acknowledging and confessing disobedience. We did so confidently because the story of Adam and Eve's consumption of the bitter fruit is surrounded with God's grace. This story is meant to offer us a safe space to be honest with ourselves as individuals and as the community of Christ. Yesterday we continued the journey through unlearning. Along life's way, through experiences, we pick up actions, behaviors, assumptions, and beliefs that diminish the image of God in which we are created. They need to be left behind, let go of, in order to continue to become that which we are created to be. Today, through the voice of the prophets, we see and will meditate upon a specific example of this process.
In today's reading the prophet Amos focuses our attention on the plight of those who are not only poor and needy, but who have no one to speak for them and advocate that they be treated with dignity and justice. Amos describes a society that has become so enamored of wealth and possession that New Moon and Sabbath, religious observance and spiritual practice are suffered through grudgingly as the wealthy and powerful wait for business to open again. When business does open it is conducted in a way that benefits the business, but not the common good and not the vulnerable in society. Goods are measured inaccurately and prices set to maximize profit, all of which benefits the owners bottom line, but which obviously makes survival difficult for the common person. It may not come as a surprise to those of you who regularly attend Berean, but it is important for us to be reminded of. Valuing profits over people, devoting time to consumerism instead of community and Spiritual connection with the Divine, trusting in the market over God, according to the prophet, is all disobedience. God cares deeply about social and economic justice.
Amos confronts his society with the bitter fruit they have chosen, the bitter fruit of profit and possession. They have forgotten the lessons learned in the desert, the lessons that God would provide and that enough for all is preferable to an over-abundance for a few. And if we are honest, we will see reflections of Amos's prophecy in our own society and culture; in the complete disregard of Sabbath, in the valuing of profit over person and in the desire for the joy of possession over the joy of relationship to God. This passage from Amos is not the only one to lift up these particular forms of disobedience. You can see them in Micah 2 & 6, Isaiah 1, 10 & 59, Jer 6, and echoed by Jesus when he warns, ' Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth (Matthew 6:19) and when he tells the parable of the rich fool in Luke chapter 13. Once again, the social implications of personal disobedience is presented to us. As is the hope for change, for repentance. Listen, the prophet urges the people. So for today's contemplation, let's support one another in listening carefully to how the promise of wealth and possession shapes us, and to God's call to embrace proper values, people over profits.
Prayer – Applying the economics of your Kingdom to our time and place is a complex practice, God of gracious abundance. Encourage us, despite the complexity, to examine the ways that people over profits and market as our Idol disfigures and diminishes us. Empower us with your resurrection gift, to resist these forces and live lives of grace, not only spiritually, but as consumers and participants in a vast and complex economy.
Thursday Theme – Obedience as exploration and discovery
Scripture – Matthew 4:19 – Come, Follow me...
Quote – Psalm 119:32 I run in the path of your commands,
for you have broadened my understanding.
Reflection – Walter Brueggemann writes about Obedience as described and practiced in the First Testament, '... obedience is not simply slavish, fearful conformity to rules and laws... Obedience... entails the imaginative capacity to take positive initiatives for the enhancement of creation.' I can understand if Brueggemann's presentation of obedience sounds foreign and difficult to believe. Even though I have been trying to reform what I assume to be a general misunderstanding of what obedience to God actually is, I will admit, this weeks first three reflections could still be perceived as largely negative. Which is why I wanted to bring I this affirming and encouraging story about obedience as we come to the close of the week.
So I would suggest for today's moment of meditation on obedience in terms of exploration and discovery. A great deal of my time in prayer over Sabbatical was an inquiry on how it is that I will be obedient to God's call in the years ahead. I would not have enjoyed this inquiry or found it as enlivening and encouraging, I suspect, If I had entered it, as Brueggemann says, as 'slavish, fearful conformity.' Instead, I focused on the many places where, both in First and New Testament, humans are called to go on a journey with God and toward God. Whether that be God's call to Abraham, Elijah's flight into the desert, the Hebrew's sojourn in the wilderness, or Jesus' many calls to 'follow me,' potential partners in God's mission are invited to go on a journey. This journey is challenging and sometimes costly, but I found that a spirit of discovery and exploration, in my own Spiritual Life, greatly encouraged and strengthen me. Especially when practicing some of the more exacting facets of obedience, such as discerning my failure to be obedient, letting go of that which diminishes my capacity to participate in God's mission or listening carefully to the way culture and society is the serpent's whisper enticing to dismiss God's will and go a different way.
The fruit of the Spirit, Paul will tell the church in Galatia, is 'love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Paul's understanding of the fruit or gifts of the Holy Spirit is often misunderstood in current Christianity. Paul isn't referring to the prowess we already possess. Paul is referring to virtuosity and artistry that we discover as a gfit that we previously did not possess, but which we find ourselves surprised to now not only to have received, but also to share. Thinking about obedience as the discernment of the spirit's gifts, the practice of developing and strengthening them, as well as watching intently for the path that God is leading me toward and on, made obedience much less a chore and much more an adventure. It was no longer an oppressive task, but a creative endeavor which afforded an opportunity to explore and discover previously unknown dimensions of myself, a self, which is a gift of the Spirit.
Prayer – Remind us Lord, today, of the depth of potential that abides in us all, as bearers of your Divine image. Encourage us with the promise of the Holy Spirit's gifts which enrich and empower us to discover a richer understanding of ourselves and our relationship to you. Teach us to make a practice of obedience that excites our desire to learn and grown, develop and change, so that we can be creative participants in your Divine mission.
Friday Theme – Foot Washing;Obedience as Practicing Compassion and Hospitality
Scripture – John 13:14-15 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
Quote – Psalm 119:2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart
Reflection – Yesterday we began our contemplation of obedience with a quote by Walter Brueggemann in which he corrected misperceptions of the biblical concept of obedience. I will start there again today. In Brueggemann's redefinition of obedience he highlights the fact that being obedient is not simply a matter of knowing and abiding by the rules and the laws. We often see Jesus addressing this very misperception in his debates about Sabbath with Pharisees. Matthew 23 contains and particularly tense confrontation between Jesus and Pharisees in which he acknowledges that they have observed the letter of the law in regards to tithing. They go to the point of measuring out spices to calculate the correct tithe. But, according to Jesus, they miss 'the more important matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness.' Notice the point. The religious leaders technically are obedient, more obedient than most others. But the deeper, broader spiritual truth of tithing, which was to teach people to be obedient to the principle of economic and social justice (that we were introduced to earlier this week), was completely missed.
Obedience that pleases God is not merely a matter of the head. It is not about knowledge or even about perfect interpretation and application of God's will as revealed by scripture. The religious leaders illustrate why. When obedience is a matter of the head, it runs the risk of being a force of isolation. It separates people, those who correctly understand and carry out obedience and those who don't. I know of a man in my home town who has never found a church that 100% of the time agreed with his interpretation of scripture, so he sits at home, without a church, without a community, isolated in his 'correct' interpretation. But you will recall that from the very beginning, as the Hebrew's wandered in the wilderness and God demanded their obedience in collecting manna and observing sabbath, the obedience was meant to create and preserve healthy community, not isolate humanity into factions competing over who is more correct.
And this leads us to the second problem with obedience as a matter of the head. Once we have divided ourselves into right and wrong, we soon divide ourselves into good and bad. And inevitably, we find ourselves and those who agree with us right and good, and all others, wrong and bad. Which is why one of Jesus' most important lessons on obedience came when we washed the disciples feet. Obedience is a matter of the heart. It is a matter of learning to recognize the suffering of others, to open our hearts with compassion to others. When Jesus washed the disciples feet he took on the role of a servant. Social boundaries were crossed in order to care for the other. This is what Obedience is meant to do. It is meant to draw us together despite division and connect us in our inevitable differences. The washing of feet reminds us that the highest form of obedience is creating a space of dignity, compassion and hospitality for any and all. It is a matter of the heart.
Prayer – Deepen our appreciation for your Word, God whose word dispels chaos and creates beauty. Empower us to make time in our busy lives to read it, listen to it, so that it shapes us. But let it not shape only our mind as important as our thinking is. Let it shape our hearts as well, with compassion and hospitality. , Shape us by your word so that we become the embodiment of your grace, mercy and justice, and so work with you in creating your kingdom here on Earth.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.