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Sacrifice of love of loveBy Ofelia García Hernández <p style="text-align:right;"><a href="/blog/Sacrificio-de-amor">Artículo en español</a></p><p>​</p><p><em style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;">This Good Friday meditation comes from </em><a href="" style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;">Devocionales 2021</a><em style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;">, a book of devotionals produced by the </em><span style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;font-style:inherit;">Movimiento de Mujeres Anabautistas Haciendo Teología desde América Latina</span><em style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;"> (</em><a href="/partners/MTAL-%20Movimiento%20de%20Mujeres%20Anabautistas%20haciendo%20Teología%20desde%20América%20Latina"><em style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;">MTAL, Movement of Anabaptist Women doing Theology from Latin America</em></a><em style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;">). The daily devotionals can also be found </em><em style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;">on the</em><em style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;"> </em><a href="" style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;font-style:inherit;">Libro Devocional MTAL Facebook page</a><span style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;font-style:inherit;">.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;font-style:inherit;"><br></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;font-style:inherit;">"He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but </span><span style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;font-style:inherit;">also for the sins of the whole world." — 1 John 2:2 (NRSV)</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;font-style:inherit;">Good Friday is an opportune time to reflect on the act of love that Jesus performed for us by giving us the resources we need to extend his love in service and solidarity with others in the world.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;font-style:inherit;">In this time of countless deaths and hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we may be tempted to ask: "Is God angry?" I say, "No." As I recall the text of 1 John 2:2, I think of the great love of God the Father and the free-will offering of himself that Jesus made out of love. This act was not to appease God's wrath, as atoning sacrifice traditionally suggests, but rather was as a free-will action of offering his life for us — taking pity on our miserable existence far from the God of life.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;font-style:inherit;">We also remember that "God so loved the world that he sent his only Son so that all who believe in him might not go astray but might find the way to fullness of life" (paraphrased from John 3:16). Jesus was moved to mercy and taught us what a meaningful life is, freeing us from the emptiness that produces death in every way. To be separated from the Father implies death.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;font-style:inherit;">Jesus is our propitiation, the forgiveness of sins. That is to say, Jesus frees us from living a life apart from God. He offered his life, but first, he taught us how to free ourselves from selfishness and turn towards the new way of love, reconciliation, and work for justice and devotion to the Father. By his blood, we have been ransomed, received forgiveness of our sins, and are sealed with his Holy Spirit.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;font-style:inherit;">That is why it is worthwhile, during this special time, to remind ourselves of the wonderful news that has brought us salvation; and it is not only for us but also for the whole world.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;font-style:inherit;">In the person of Jesus, we will always find hope for our total salvation. Oh, what wonderful love that has brought us peace!</span></p><p><strong>Let us pray</strong>: Our hearts and minds are filled with gratitude for the sacrifice Jesus made for all people.</p><p><em> </em></p><p><strong><em>Editor's Note:</em></strong><em> The author of this devotional is Ofelia García Hernández, a pastor and missionary in Mexico. She now lives in Santa Rosa Xochiac, in the metropolitan area of Mexico City, where, together with her husband, she shares God's love in the neighborhood. She is a cofounder of and is active regionally with the </em><em>Movement of Anabaptist Women Doing Theology from Latin America</em><em> (MTAL). </em></p>
100 Words for Holy Week Words for Holy WeekBy Karla Minter<p>​"Do you want the Jesus picture from the hallway?" my sister-in-law asked, while cleaning out my childhood home. She knew I had walked past this illuminated image every evening and morning. "Of course!" I replied. I leaned the large frame against my basement wall. Years passed. I notice it, again, this week — Holy Week. Right here is my childhood image of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Then and now, both weeks filled with deep grief, agitation and thoughtful prayer. I lovingly wipe away dust, open the incasement, remove a burned-out bulb, and prepare to bring back the light.<br></p>
Sacrificio de amor de amorPor Ofelia García Hernández <p style="text-align:right;">​<a href="/blog/Sacrifice-of-Love">Article in English</a></p><p style="text-align:right;"><br></p><p><span style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;font-style:inherit;">Esta meditación de Viernes Santo viene de </span><a href="" style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;font-style:inherit;"><em>Devocionales 2021</em></a><span style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;font-style:inherit;">, libro de devocionales producido por el <a href="/partners/MTAL-%20Movimiento%20de%20Mujeres%20Anabautistas%20haciendo%20Teología%20desde%20América%20Latina">Movimiento de Mujeres Anabautistas Haciendo Teología desde América Latina (MTAL).</a> Los devocionales diarios se encuentran también en Facebook </span><a href="" style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;font-style:inherit;"><em>Libro Devocional MTAL</em></a><span style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;font-style:inherit;">.</span></p><p> </p><p>El mismo es la propiciación por nuestros pecados, y no sólo por los nuestros, sino también por los del mundo entero.   —1 Juan 2:2 (NBLH)</p><p>El Viernes Santo es oportuno para reflexionar en el acto de amor que Jesús ha hecho por nosotros dándonos los recursos necesarios para extender su amor en servicio solidario a otras y otros en el mundo.</p><p> En este tiempo de tantas muertes y penalidades a causa del covid-19 quizás pensamos ¿Dios está enojado? Digo que no. Al recordar este texto pienso en el gran amor de Dios Padre y la voluntaria ofrenda que Jesús hizo de sí mismo por amor. No para aplacar su ira como la palabra propiciación nos sugiere tradicionalmente; más bien como una acción libre de ofrecer su vida por nosotros y nosotras compadeciéndose de nuestra mísera existencia alejados del Dios de la Vida.</p><p>Recordamos además que Dios amó tanto al mundo que envió a su único Hijo para que todo aquel que crea en él no siga extraviado, sino que pueda encontrar el camino a la vida plena. Jesús fue movido a misericordia y nos enseñó cómo es la vida con sentido, librándonos del vacío que produce muerte en todo aspecto. Estar separados del Padre implica la muerte.</p><p> Jesús es nuestra propiciación, el perdón de los pecados, es decir, Él nos libra de una manera errada de vivir. Él ofreció su vida, pero antes nos enseñó cómo liberarnos del egoísmo y el camino nuevo del amor, la reconciliación y el trabajo por la justicia y la devoción al Padre. Por su sangre hemos obtenido el rescate y el perdón de nuestros pecados y somos sellados con su Espíritu Santo.</p><p>Por eso vale en este tiempo tan especial, volver a traer a la mente y el corazón tan maravillosa noticia que nos ha traído la salvación, no solo para nosotros, sino para todo el mundo.</p><p>En la persona de Jesús siempre encontraremos esperanza para nuestra salvación total. ¡Maravilloso amor que nos ha traído la paz!</p><p><strong>Oremos</strong>: Nuestros corazones y mentes están llenos de gratitud por el sacrificio que Jesús hizo por todas las personas.<br></p><p><br></p>
Remembering Roberta: Let her legacy live on Roberta: Let her legacy live onBy Melody Pannell <p>​<em style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;">"I can see the hand of God all through my whole life up to this very minute.  I wish to give credit to whom credit is due." </em><span style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;font-style:inherit;">—</span><span style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;font-style:inherit;"> </span><strong style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;font-style:inherit;">Roberta Anna Morgan Webb</strong></p><p>Roberta Anna Morgan Webb was born to Goings and Helen Wilder Morgan on January 7, 1889, in the deeply segregated rural farm community of Raleigh, North Carolina. Webb grew up hearing "slave stories" about her family and the inhumane experiences that they suffered through and survived. One story that stood out to her was about her enslaved maternal grandfather Wilder, who had somehow learned to read. It was on the foundation of this story of resistance and resilience that Webb developed a love for learning and answered the call to teach, preach and become a social justice advocate. </p><p>In celebration of Women's History Month, let us remember Webb. She was a Black Mennonite trailblazer. </p><p>Webb was educated in North Carolina, in a small schoolhouse for Black children that was established by a White landowner. The schoolchildren's parents supplied resources as they could afford, but most of the families were impoverished and did not have access to adequate learning materials. Webb remembers sharing books with her peers and the joy that it brought her when she had a book of her own to take home and read. </p><p>Webb excelled in her studies, and in 1909, she graduated at the top of her class  at Hampton (Virginia) Institute, one of the nation's first all-Black colleges. After graduation, she taught at the Hampton Training School and became a certified teacher. Webb maneuvered through the intersections of race, class and gender to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher. She taught <br>Black children in segregated schools in Elkton, Virginia, for two years and later in Harrisonburg, Virginia, for more than 12 years. </p><p>In 1915, Webb built a house at 471 Broad Street, in the Northeast Community of Harrisonburg. There, in that historically Black neighborhood, Webb's legend would begin within the Mennonite church.</p><p>In 1924, Webb married her husband, John Webb, and they had three beautiful daughters, Ada, Margret and Nancy. She spent many happy years raising her family. However, Webb recognized the growing need for working mothers to have a safe place to take their children while they were at work. She cared deeply about the social disparities of the children in her neighborhood and the needs of working women. </p><p>In February 1938, Webb established Harrisonburg's first childcare center in her home, saying, "I saw a great need in the community, and my life goal is to be as helpful as I can possibly be." In 1943, Webb became the first African American member of Broad Street Mennonite Church, where she was warmly known as "Sister Webb." Webb continued to use her voice to speak up against injustices and advocated for those that were marginalized in the community and the church.</p><p>On Dec. 5, 1947, Webb wrote a letter which was read by Rosalie Wyse at Scottdale Mennonite Church on Dec. 14, 1947. The theme for the evening program was racial prejudice within the mission church communities:<br></p><p><br></p><p><em>"Dear Friend, </em><br><em> </em><br><em>Greetings in His Name. Thank you for your inquiry regarding our racial problems here. One of the first steps to solving a problem, to me, is to recognize the fact that the problem exists. Yes, we have several phases of racial prejudice here, which, if not wiped out, will, in time, undermine the very foundations of our democracy and, which is more important, shake our Faith in the very Maker whom you are seemingly so anxious to have us serve."</em></p><p>Webb died at the age of 101 on Dec. 20, 1990. She was the first African American to reside at Oak Lea Nursing Home in the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. </p><p>In 1994, Immanuel Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, established the Roberta Webb Child Care Center to honor and continue her rich legacy of empowering and educating children. Their mission is to "serve ethnically diverse families by providing quality and affordable childcare." </p><p>As we celebrate Women's History Month, let us remember Webb. Let us acknowledge the many challenging social and systemic barriers that she learned to overcome as a Black woman. Let us tell her story of resilience and let her legacy live on. </p><p><strong>Editor's note: </strong>Resources for this story were culled from a special archives file on Roberta Morgan Webb at Menno Simons Historical Library at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. <br></p>
100 words for Lent, weeks 3 and 4 words for Lent, weeks 3 and 4By Karla Minter<p>"At the anniversary, your feelings intensify," my spiritual director said. The first week of March is the anniversary of my father-in-law's memorial service. The second week, the anniversary of COVID-19 precautions. The third week, of moving my office to the dining room table. In my dining room office, there are no pictures on the walls, no curtains on the windows. The curtains came down in January 2020. The repainting and the remodel were planned. Hospice was not. This year-long letting go and cleaning out, brings me to the heart of Lent, clinging to promised patterns of life, death and resurrection." <br></p><p><em>What are your 100 words? If you would like to share, please send your 100 words to Zachary Headings at </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>. </em><br></p>
100 words for the first two weeks of Lent words for the first two weeks of LentBy Karla Minter<p>I didn't realize I had floated into deeper water. Thinking I would walk back to shore, I let go of the inflated inner tube, sinking down until my feet felt the mucky bottom. Not knowing how to swim, I instinctively pushed upward toward sky and breath, raising my arms, sinking again. It was my mother who saw me from shore, walked into the waters and brought me to safety. My mother does not remember this story, but I will never forget. As pandemic waters overtake me, I will trust in God as a nurturing presence, bringing me safely to shore.</p><p><em>Now it's your turn! I invite you to fill your own "100 word" container. Unlike the uncertainty of </em><em>the COVID-19 pandemic</em><em>, your "100 words" will have a beginning, middle and ending. You can trust this space. </em><em>It'</em><em>s yours and will hold all that you bring. Pour your disappointment, grief and losses, joys and sorrows, hopes and fears into this space. Rather than words, you may choose 100 musical notes, colors, dance steps, etc. Name what is threatening to overtake you or keeping your feet stuck in the muck. There is life and breath within reach – keep going – you've got this!</em></p><p><em>If you feel called to share your 100 words, share them on Facebook and tag @MennoniteMissionNet or send them to </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>.</em></p>



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