“Bloom with Intention: What Are You Fighting For?” by Kelsey Creech, Resident Seminarian

July 8th,2021 Categories: Weekly Letter


Disciples,

It was one of my first gatherings at The Park back in October, and Pastor Kaji offered a devotional to begin our time together. I cannot remember what scripture we read nor for what purpose we were gathered, but I distinctly remember the question she posed: “What are you fighting for?”

I wrestled with this question for weeks, like Jacob wrestled with God. I could list things I was fighting against – systemic oppression, the patriarchy, ableism, heterosexism, anti-black racism, and more  – but naming what I am fighting for was a harder task.

This week’s scripture is one of many that pointed me toward my current answer. It comes to us from a book called The Wisdom of Solomon which is part of the Septuagint (Greek translations of the Old Testament discovered in Egypt), but generally not included in the Jewish Scriptures. This book is considered apocryphal by most Protestant Churches, so it’s not usually included when we talk about the Bible. Still, it remains a part of  the Church’s literature and was appointed no later than the Fourth Century CE by the Church Fathers as ἀναγιγνωσκόμενα, or one of “those which are to be read.” It, like many pieces of literature, has wisdom and insight to offer into who God is and how God is at work. Let’s read this passage together:

13 For God is not the author of death  

and does not delight in desolation;  

14 God created all things to be alive.  

All things of the world are made to be wholesome,  

and there is no poison in them.  

The netherworld has no power over the earth,  

15 for justice lasts forever. 

23 For God created us to be imperishable,  

and modeled us on the divine nature;  

24 it was the devil’s envy that  

brought death to the world,  

as those who call themselves partners of the devil  

will soon find out.

[Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15, 2:23-24 (ILB)]

Beloved, God wants us to live, to be fully alive. God mourns our suffering with us and rejoices when we live wholly. God has created each of us for abundant life.  God has fashioned justice, so that every living thing can be alive, and while death, envy, and other tools of evil have poisoned the world, this text promises there is no poison in the living and  that justice, which lasts forever, shall overcome.

For these reasons and so many others, I fight for the same reason Jesus came to Earth: that all may have life and have it abundantly. The things I fight against were created by evil, and  I have assurance from scripture that abundant life, justice, and love will overcome them all.

I am grateful for the work each of you have done in the fight to be alive and hope to continue in this struggle alongside you well into the future. Together, we can live into God’s vision for us. We were made to revel in abundant life surrounded by forever-long justice and far away from the envy and death of evil.  And  every step towards justice brings us all closer to being wholly alive.

I look forward to greeting y’all virtually this Sunday. May we all come alive a little more this week as we continue our walk with God and God’s people.

Joyfully Yours,

Kelsey Creech
Resident Seminarian

(Image of a drawing on my bedroom’s bulletin board)