We have been recruited, through the resurrection, to go into the Father’s “business.” It is the forgiveness business.Continue reading “The risk of the resurrection”
“Draw us, Lord, toward you, toward your way of self-giving love. Draw us away from all that is not love — from the forces of greed, fear, anxiety, and brutality. In this Lenten experience of so being drawn toward you and away from the powers of the world, may we come to find that new life that is the meaning of Easter. Amen.” — Walter Brueggemann, A Way Other Than Our Own
Some thoughts from Walter Brueggemann’s Lenten devotional, A Way Other Than Our Own:Continue reading “Living Unafraid”
A prayer for the day:
We are constricted by stories of scarcity. Break through these false tales with the surprising truth of abundance. May we bask in your shalom and then perform your story of generosity over and over again. Amen. (Walter Brueggemann, A Way Other than Our Own)
Psalm 23:6 (NIV): Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
The Common English Bible is the only one I’ve read that says, goodness and faithful love will pursue me…
God will chase me down, grab me, and hold me (Walter Brueggemann).
Brueggemann then says this: “Lent is a time to quit running, to let ourselves be caught and embraced in love, like a sheep with safe pasture, like a traveler offered rich and unexpected food.”
Allow God to pursue you in this season. Desire one thing: his presence.
Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment. — Matt. 15:28Continue reading “Push us, Lord, past our cramped definitions of compassion”
You have ordained a new order in which the first are last and the last are first. Turn us away from the false values of the world, that we may pursue your priorities, that which makes you happy: steadfast love, justice, and righteousness. Amen. (Walter Brueggemann, A Way Other Than Our Own)
As we enter this Lenten Season there is the call to the wilderness. It is the call to be with the Lord. It is the call to encounter him. In that call come these assuring words: “I will be with you. I will hear you. You will hear me.”Continue reading “The competing voices of Lent”
I have wept reading this man’s work over the years. I wept listening to these gentle, yet powerful and cutting, words.