Two nights ago we were at our third stop on the Living Jubilee Revival Tour; University Baptist Church in Columbus, OH. We shared a delightful fellowship time with desserts and iced beverages. It was a warm and breezy evening after a stormy few days here in this part of the US. The gathered body was small but so welcoming with people from UBC and the United Church of Granville.
The night before, as we were settling in for the night, Jodi and I were talking about the new stop planned for Topeka, Kansas on June 20. You see, we will be visiting the Equality House, the rainbow witness to love that is directly across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church. We were wondering how we might invite others to join us on this part of the tour.
Jodi came up with the idea that we could bring them notes and prayers from the different stops along the way. I added that we could invite anyone who desired to send us a note to show them our love and compassion. We went to sleep thinking about this plan and wondering what the Spirit might show us before we hit Columbus.
During the Revival program there is a place for prayer and ritual and we incorporated the idea of writing notes to the Westboro Baptist Church community right along with the signing of the banners that has become an important part of the tour. The thoughts expressed toward Westboro at UBC in Columbus included…
God is love!
Jesus said Love One Another.
God Bless You.
Love all of God’s people – fear none.
I am praying for you, Pastor Phelps, and for your church.
Love wins! Grace and Peace be with you.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for God makes the sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your those who are like you, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
So on June 20, we will bring our prayers of love and peace to Topeka, Kansas and deliver these blessings to the community of Westboro Baptist Church. We invite you to send your blessings as well and join us in seeking this perfection, which is what being the Living Jubilee is all about.
At least that is what I believe.