A couple of years ago, a caring member of our church suggested I become involved as a community volunteer in our five county Dispute Resolution Center I’m in the middle of a training being certified as a mediator. My purpose will be to come between two people to be able to help them build a bridge of communication and problem solving with the other.
As the word, “mediator” bounced around in my mind, there arose the recollection of a prayer that most of us have never heard. It is the closing prayer in the Proper Liturgy for Good Friday in our Book of Common Prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, we pray you to set
your passion, cross, and death between your judgment and
our souls, now and in the hour of our death.
A mediator is one who stands between two entities, usually a person and the danger that they face. I used to think of this in theological terms but now, Jesus being a Mediator (with a capital “M”) is actually a living, breathing Spiritual presence that visits me when I am confounded by various trials. When called, (a necessary step called, “prayer,”) Jesus comes and places himself between me and whatever conflict is attempting to extinguish my spirit. What is uniquely strange about this is over the years, I can actually feel His Spirit visit, embrace me and begin to dissolve the evil that seeks to consume my mind, heart and will.
If every day is Easter, then before this there is a part of a day that requires a Good Friday intervention of Spiritual Union to mediate within us.
Try repeating the above prayer for a few weeks. Try to sense the disoriented conflict within your human spirits. See if you can experience the Mediator at work. This isn’t just theory. Jesus, the Mediator is a living, breathing, healing, transforming, resurrecting reality. All we have to do is open the door.
The Mediator brings joy!