Lenten Reflections

Go! for Lent: Zechariah 8:21

February 11, 2016
The Rev. Deon Johnson, Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brighton, Michigan

Come let us go...I need you!

I may not know you.

I may never meet you.

But I need you.

I need your gifts and skills,

your determination and strength.

I need your failures and your sorrows,

your pain and your stumbling.

We may never cross paths but without you

I am not able.

It is only with you that

I am able to entreat the favor of the Lord.

It is only with you that I can seek the Lord of hosts.

I need you!

Without you I am not complete.

Without you God is not complete.

Come let us go,

I myself am going.


Zechariah calls the people to invite each other to seek God and God's favor. He reminds us that we need each other whether we like it or not, because together we embody the fullness of God. It is an invitation to go and gather the known and unknown, not because God demands it, but because the good news of God is so great that it cannot be contained. It is a deep desire and longing to be connected to each other and to God that compels us to go, to seek. "I myself am going" and without the other we are not complete. Who do you find difficult to invite to seek God and God's favor? Who would find you difficult to invite?

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