Holy Week: Tuesday

Greetings, friends and family!

When I was pastor in Gonzales, TX I discovered that I lived at the “confluence” of the Guadalupe and San Marcos rivers. These two beautiful bodies of water met in a rather spectacular fashion. At this rather wide and strong part of the river, electricity is produced, there is an ice plant, a beautiful park with camping and a golf course, and more. The streets are all designed around the irregular shape of the river. This confluence has shaped architecture and cultural events. About 14 years ago ,this meeting of two rivers produced a flood that threatened to wipe out the middle of the city, along with its courthouse and churches. In fact, it shaped the war for Texas Independence. In 1831, Mexican authorities gave the settlers of Gonzales a small cannon to help protect them from frequent Comanche raids. In 1835, due to unrest, the Mexican government thought it wise to get the canon back. The “Texians” refused and the first battle for Texas independence ensued. The canon was then hidden there in the river banks. The “Come and Take It” flag can still be widely seen today as our first state flag. This natural confluence affects each of our lives today. Not only did its strategic location create the right spot for battles with Comanches and Mexican troops, but it also could be argued that this geographical feature is a primary reason that Texas is not currently part of Mexico.

Amazing things happen at confluences, things which no one can foresee or predict. Korean theologian Suh Nam Dong developed what he called a “theology of confluence.” He spoke of what happens when culture and scriptural tradition come together. The results can be transforming. They can be as deadly as the Kwang Ju Massacre, or they can be as positive as the flourishing of the Presbyterian Church of Korea, arguably the most vibrant denomination on the face of the planet.

As we continue our journey through Holy Week I am reminded that we do not travel alone. Our journey is that of our confluence with other pilgrims of faith. Some are weary, some are exuberant. Some are needy, others are wealthy and generous. Some have their lives in order, most are in need of a total reorganization. However, there is one thing we all share: Wherever we are on our journey, we all are in desperate need of Redemption. That is our confluence. And the wonderful news is that, because of the events of that first Holy Week, God has provided us just such a Redemption.

There is no telling what will happen in the future because of a confluence. However, I do know that the more paths ours join with, the more possibilities become open. I am asking every person who receives this letter to reach out to at least one other person and invite them to church this coming Sunday. Will you? Let’s join our paths as we head towards Calvary, and to the resurrection beyond. Confluences can be powerful!

In Christ’s Service,
Kevin Boyd

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