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The Follower of Jesus as flexible. Comments to: adebelak@redeemerluth.com

The Followers of Jesus as flexible means we are willing to enter into a dialogue that will challenge us and allow us to challenge others. In such a space as that, flexibility means that we will be able to listen rather than simply talk at others. We will listen because that is the only way we are able to come to know the character of the others in the group. As we lean in to listen, we also lean in to share a bit of ourselves - that's called being vulnerable. When folks are rigid, there is very little if any vulnerability. Jesus was vulnerable even to the point of death. The Followers of Jesus as flexible will always find themselves possibly coming down in a new place or finding out a new way to be in the place we may already be. When we can be vulnerable and listen and share ourselves, we will be the kind of flexible people who are able to bring forth a world not ruled by war and violence.

God of New Life and All Hopefulness, it is a wonderful day when we all are able to lean into the life around us and learn new ways to be you beloved people in the midst of others. Keep us leaning into your Reign. Amen.