Surprised by the presence of God


Daily reading: Luke 7: 18-35
Friday February 17, 2017

Focus passage:  John’s disciples informed him about all these things.  John called two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord.  They were to ask him, “Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for someone else?”  Luke 7:18-19

In this season of epiphany, this season of being surprised by the presence of God, this season of Ah-ha moments, we may find that when we open our eyes to see the presence of God, we want to know if anyone else is seeing or experiencing what we are seeing and experiencing.

“Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” is the question of this season of Epiphany.  Where we like the wise men are called to seek out the presence of God in our world.  It draws us into a place where our uncertainty is given voice.

“Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” reflects the questions we ask that reveal the prisons of our own perception that lock us into one world view and closes our ears to different perspectives.

“Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” is our question of longing, of hope that sees a way around the seemingly impossibility of situations that appear to weigh us down and limit the movement of God.

“Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” is our question of affirmation and excitement when we have experienced the presence of God.


Prayer:  God, who invites us to wrestle through the night, be with us as we struggle to match our expectations with yours and know that in these moments of unrest you are working on us, transforming us into Kingdom dwellers.  Help us to be agents of justice, love and compassion in our communities.  Amen.

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