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03.12.18 | Sunday Into Monday | by Rev. Patti Napier

Selfie

    I am sure that all of us have been impacted in some way by the senseless shooting of Boone County Deputy Jake Pickett. I remember years ago conducting a funeral for a Carmel Police Officer, though not killed in the line of duty, nevertheless was a funeral that showed the true power of love and support of the fraternal connection between offices...a strong community. I remember the moment in the procession for the traditional "signing off"as transmitted over the intercom of his then retired car. I will always remember his wife and sons seated it the car at that moment.

    I happened to have the television on when that same moment came for Deputy Pickett. I paused and it made me think that we are all feeling the emotion of that moment...such strong emotions of sadness, maybe fear, frustration, anger...and the importance it is to share this emotional experience.

    I have to ask the question, beyond an emotional connection, are we really impacted and changed? Are we motivated to DO something whether it is about the gun issue, the support of police officers, and yes, even of support for that young mom and child whose lives are forever changed? I want to ask, "what will we DO about this? " Just as faith without action is nothing, our emotions with no follow up actions...is that nothing also? Won't the emotions of that moment potentially fade into a memory making no real difference?

    So as we move beyond the funeral and the procession, let's each DO something so that we can answer that question...

    When I heard about and followed and felt the tragic loss of Deputy Pickett, I was inspired to make a difference and I did _______________.

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    As we continue in our series "Death to Selfie", I appreciated that a colleague of mine shared with me a chapter from the book "The Divine Dance" by Richard Mohr and Mike Morrell, which truly speaks to the way that we can overcome the need to perfect our selfie before it is posted.

    In this book it says "Mirrored knowledge is not "logical" knowledge--it's reflected and received knowledge. Remember how Moses' face shone after he received the divine gaze and had been seen truthfully and lovingly, and yet he always covered it with a veil when he went among the people. This is no small symbol. All people need to be seen for themselves and as themselves, and receive the divine gaze intimately--and not just rely on someone else's seeing. Three times, Scripture mentions that Moses was the only one who knew Yahweh "face to face" This is the first account of the divine unveiling in the biblical tradition, and it is done precisely through a process of personal interface, or mirroring. The image is effectively transferred to Moses, and then he spends the rest of his life trying to pass on the mirroring to the wandering Israelites. True mirroring only needs to be received and recognized once--and once is enough to change you forever but it deepens if we "gaze steadily and make it a habit," as James says.  (pages 52-53)

    Would we need to worry so much about what our selfie looked like when seen by others if first we were grounded in understanding our worth and beauty as a mirroring of Christ?

    Rev. Patti Napier
    Senior Pastor
    Carmel UMC

    Then I heard the Lord asking, "Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?" I said, "Here I am. Send me." Isaiah 6:8