August 29, 2019
Scripture: Isaiah 43:19
Look! I’m doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it? I’m making a way in the desert, paths in the wilderness.
A Thursday Prayer: We await your new thing, O Spirit of the Possible. We wait, but is our waiting a spiritualization of our procrastination? Do we relish a postponement when others provide cover with the suggestion, “It may not be God’s time”? When violence has become the norm – when children are murdered in classrooms – when hate appears to find welcome in mainstream thinking, we do not need to wait for a sign. You have provided us, O Spirit of the Living Christ, a clear picture of the world you want and the world we are to embody. Give us the courage to act boldly as Jesus did. Allow for our daily lives, the choices we make, the language we use and the ideas we defend to clearly align with the Jesus of the cross. The enfleshing of your will, O God, reveals for us how love is to be enfleshed in us. May your Spirit help keep our own fears and insecurities in check, so the new thing you are doing may sprout and grow in the wasteland of our violent culture. We make this request in the name of Jesus, and in the memory of all those whose images we see scroll on the nightly news. Amen.
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