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The Resistance Prays

January 10, 2019
By Rev. Kaci Clark-Porter

Today's Top Story
President Trump stormed out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders on Wednesday after Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would not fund a border wall even if he agreed to reopen the government, escalating a confrontation that has shuttered large portions of the government for 19 days and counting. Stunned Democrats emerged from the meeting in the White House Situation Room declaring that the president had thrown a “temper tantrum” and slammed his hands on the table before leaving with an abrupt “bye-bye.” - via the New York Times
Scripture 
They entered the house and saw the child with Mary his mother. Falling to their knees, they honored him. – Matthew 2:11
No Kneeling to a Temper Tantrum
Americans don’t kneel for crowned heads (at least not since 1776). We don’t bend for terrorists. If we’re kneeling these days it’s because (a) we’re exercising our constitutional right to protest (b) our yoga instructor said to (c) hellooo, DOGS! (d) there’s a super-cute baby wiggling around on the floor.

What we won’t kneel for, respect, tolerate, or pay homage to is an adult baby throwing a temper tantrum. Especially when that person holds the highest office in the land and is well beyond the “Terrible Twos.” (Unless that now refers to the two years he’s spent in office.)

Our task in these difficult days is to focus not on the baby in the White House but on the baby in the manger - the one whose mystery and destiny is made manifest in this season of Epiphany. Who exactly is this baby born at Christmas? What’s he all about? It may not be broadcast on network TV, but it will be revealed. Stay tuned.

One of the first lessons we learn (OK, fine, are continuing to learn) is that we can’t control other people - how they act or react, what they think or feel - no matter how irrational they get. We can’t control their position or posture, but we can control our own. It’s the only real power we have, and it’s all we need.

Don’t get bent out of shape over this man’s behavior. He’s just a despot doing what despots do.

DO get bent out of shape for the ones most affected by this man’s choices. Keep working. Stay focused. Stoop to new depths. See how low you can go for justice, for freedom, for mercy. Pay homage to those things. And never stop worshipping the baby on the dusty floor of this world.
Act
How low can you go? At some point today, kneel and pray (or get as close to kneeling as you can). Stoop to pet a dog. Play on the rug with your favorite toddler. Something tells me it won’t be a “total waste of time.”
Pray
God, though you didn’t have to, you lowered yourself to our level, stooping to be with us in every conceivable way. Grant us the courage to also get low, to lean into your Spirit, to be present to others without needing to control them, to disagree without being judgmental, to accept outcomes without despair, to succeed or fail without misplacing hope, and to stay tuned to your persistent revelation. In, with, and for Christ, we pray and hope - Amen.
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