So many life-changing events begin as one-time events that morph into events beyond their original intents and effects. Such is the resurrection. We know it scripturally, and it is also possible to study its historical contexts and precedents as we consider its spiritual meanings for Christians. What I love about the liturgical year is that holidays that I have often thought of as one-offs are expanded into multiple days and even weeks of celebration. Such is Easter: there are 50 days, including seven whole Sundays in which we have to specifically celebrate the resurrected, risen Christ in our midst before Pentecost. This has me thinking of resurrection as more than a moment – but a movement. What other things in your lives may have begun as moments that have morphed into movements?
April 8 – Isaiah 25
April 9 – Isaiah 26
April 10 – Isaiah 27
April 11 – Isaiah 28
April 12 – Isaiah 29
April 13 – Isaiah 30
April 14 – Isaiah 31
As Walter Brueggemann says in An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination, chapters 24-27 are “often termed ‘Fourth Isaiah’ or the ‘Little Apocalypse of Isaiah’ (commonly thought to be the latest development of tradition in the book of Isaiah)” due to their “sweeping cosmic claims for YHWH…” (p. 179) Have you noticed this in your reading of Isaiah?
What has your prayer life been like? How is Joseph Driskill’s Prayer for a New Earth (in Driskill’s book Protestant Spiritual Exercises, pages 120-125) working for you? I am increasingly grateful that I make prayer a regular part of my daily routine, especially when things get busy and / or stressful.
(This is completely unrelated to the fact that I am preparing for my ordination in two weeks, of course.)
Jim Martin’s in The Just Church talks a LOT about risk and failure – including the risk of failure when trying to be faithful to God. “Any significant growth in faith will require risk and even failure. … God’s gracious call to us is an invitation to pursue [God] out of our comfort zones and into a place where failure is a real possibility – perhaps even an inevitability. …to shrink back from this invitation is to accept a lesser, weaker version of faith. To accept this invitation is to discover that the work of justice is significantly about our own discipleship.” (p. 37)
What risk do you need to take? What do you fear about taking this risk? What might you learn from taking this risk?
Check the Think! Pray! Act! calendar for ideas and things to do.
Check out the Find Your FBCO Map to find your local faith-based community organizing affiliate and connect with the people who are working together to live out their dreams of a more just world!
What’s going on in your living of the Gospel? Let us know in the comments, in our e-mail discussion group, or on social media.
Word and World: Isaiah. Vol. 19. 2. Saint Paul, MN: Luther Seminary, 1999. https://wordandworld.luthersem.edu/issues.aspx?issue_id=74.
Brueggemann, Walter. An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003.
Driskill, Joseph. Protestant Spiritual Exercises: Theology, History, and Practice. New York: Morehouse Publishing, 1999.
Martin, Jim. The Just Church: Becoming a Risk-Taking, Justice-Seeking, Disciple-Making Congregation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2012.