December 8: Put Down Your Gun


Advent Devotion: Put Down Your Gun

Friday, December 8, 2017

Psalm 55:22

Today’s Scripture reminds me of a story from “Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership,” by Ruth Barton:

Theophane, a Cistercian monk residing in St Benedict Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado, told the following story:  I saw a monk working alone in a vegetable garden. I squatted beside him and said "Brother, what is your dream?’’

"I would like to be a monk’’ he answered.

"But brother, you are monk, aren’t you?’’

"I have been here for 25 years but I still carry a gun.’’ He drew a revolver from his holster under his robe. It looked so strange, a monk carrying a gun.

"Are you saying that they won’t let you become a monk until you give up your gun?’’

"No, it’s not that. Most of them don’t even know I have it, but I know.”

"Well, then why don’t you give up?’’

"I guess I have had it so long. I have been hurt, and I have hurt a lot of others. I don’t think I would be comfortable without this gun.’’

"But you seem pretty uncomfortable with it.”

"Yes, pretty uncomfortable, but I have my dream.’’

"Why don’t you give me the gun I whispered.’’ I was beginning to tremble.

He did; he gave it to me. His tears ran down to the ground and then he embraced me.

This story reminds us that we need to put down our gun – whatever we cling to for a false sense of security.  That gun is keeping us from fulfilling God’s call in our life. Rather than claiming that we can care for ourselves all on our own, let’s cast our cares on God who cares for us.

Asefa Wakjira
SFTS MDiv Student