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Scripture As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. -Proverbs 27:19 A ruler [who oppresses the poor] is like a driving rain that leaves no crops. -Proverbs 28:3 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding. -Proverbs 28:12 In Trying Times Kingdom people are anchored by their awareness of God’s love deep within them and deep within everyone else, too. They happily live on a level playing field, where God has come to “pitch his tent” (the literal translation of John 1:14) among all of us. All games of classism, sexism, racism, and nationalism are henceforth seen to be a waste of valuable time a

Enliven

Scripture The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but the one whose ways are perverse will fall into the pit. - Proverbs 28:18 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan. - Proverbs 29:2 A Prayer For Trying Times God for us, we call you Father. God alongside us, we call you Jesus. God within us, we call you Holy Spirit. You are the eternal mystery that enables, enfolds, and enlivens all things, Even us and even me. Every name falls short of your goodness and greatness. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. Amen.

Reflecting the unbounded

Scripture As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. -Proverbs 27:19 Prescription For Trying Times Confessing faith is incomplete unless it becomes a form of life. Living faith in the God Jesus Christ means being formed and transformed by the life of grace: becoming Christ to one another; becoming by the power of the Holy Spirit what God is: love unbounded, glory uncontained. -Richard Rohr

Priorities

Scripture The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. Proverbs 29:7 Prescription For Trying Times The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD. … Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? … What if only ten can be found there?” He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.” Genesis 18: 22, 23, 32 Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy…. Ezekiel 16:49

Eagerly Waiting

Scripture And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. -Hebrews 9:28 Prescription For Trying Times (from the Lenten Project of Biola University) Poetry: Before All Things The day Christ died a record-long freight train barreled through the Rollins Road crossing. For seven minutes tankers and lumber flats vibrated through the spikes in his wrists. A fisherman dropped his pole by the retention pond and headed toward the hill. A girl at a bus stop clutched her side as the embryo implanted himself. We’l

 

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