Simon Peter showed up at Calvary United Methodist Church last night. For those that attended, we were blessed with Jim Greer taking us back to the thoughts and feelings of Simon Peter, as he walked with Jesus as a disciple. Jim’s great performance, combined with the beautiful singing voice of Mary, enriched and brought to life more vivid the words and action before us. At the end of the presentation, I had to stand and give the blessing, but I just wanted to stay in the pew and soak in and mediate on what I had seen. To a person, everyone was touched by the music and words that brought Simon Peter before us.
One of the lines that stuck out to me was when Simon Peter was in the courtyard and someone said to Peter, “Are you one of his disciples?” Then as if planned, there was a pause in the play as if that line was meant as a question to those of us watching, “Are you one of his disciples?” The quick reply answer for many of us would be, “Yes!” But do we show that in our day-to-day life that we are one of his disciples? Without confirming my faith, would others be able to tell solely by my words and behavior? Certainly something to grabble with as I go through my days this week how might my words and the things I do reflect to others the person of Jesus Christ?
I loved the ending of the play, for it ended with the message of the redemptive grace of God in restoring and forgiving Peter for his denials of Jesus earlier in the week. Is that so great of God that even in those days and weeks when we seem to be all flesh and very little Spirit, that God’s grace is there to restore, renew, and forgive; and to help us back on the road of redemption!
“So this is my prayer; that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of; bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11 THE MESSAGE).
Grace and Peace,