Fools for Christ

Every morning at CAST’s Head Office, the staff gather around to encourage each other with a short devotion.  The office busyness slows to a quiet at 8am, and everyone takes a few minutes to start our day with Christ as the focus.

Today was no different.  However, when Stuart Talbot leads devotions, it is never boring!  We were told to dress up for April Fools, so with our funny outfits, we took some time to reflect on the following Feast of Fools material from Jim Cotter’s book “Love Re-membered: Resources for a House Eucharist”.

Approach (shortened)

God of Joy, we rejoice in you.

You run to meet us like a welcoming friend,

you laugh with us in the merriment of heaven,

you feast with us at the great banquet,

Clown of clowns, Fool of fools, the only Entertainer of jesters.

God of Joy, we rejoice in you.

Reading

1 Corinthians 1:27 (NLT)

God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise.  And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.

Dedication

Let us be fools for Christ’s sake:

In facing the truth, may we be set free from illusion.

In accepting our wounds, may we be healed.

In embracing the outcast, may we be redeemed.

In discovering our child, may we grow to maturity.

In seeking true innocence, may we no longer harm.

In yielding to dying, may abundant life flow into us.

In vulnerable risk, may we know love’s pain and joy.

In the release of laughter, may we hear the chuckle of God.

In the folly of the Cross, may we see the Wisdom of God.

Shared from Jim Cotter’s book “Love Re-membered: Resources for a House Eucharist”

Most of the time we just think of April Fools as a fun day of pranking our friends, co-workers and family members.  But the Feast of Fools has a much deeper message: “Be a fool, for Christ’s sake.” As CAST seeks after the Kingdom of God, we pray that we won’t be afraid to do what appears to be foolish for the sake of Christ.  Jesus himself was never inside the box, and he calls us to do the same.  By living outside the box, we free ourselves to truly love our neighbours and fulfill the call of Christ in our lives.

In the words of Brian Wren’s hymn,

Christ, in our darkness risen,

help all who long for light

to hold the hand of promise

till faith receives it sight.

How can you be a fool for Christ?

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