Friday, December 21, 2018

Joy and weeping

Daily reading: Ezra 1:1-4, 3:1-4, 10-13
Friday December 21, 2018

Focus passage: But many of the older priests and Levites and heads of families, who had seen the first house, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this house, although many others shouted with joy.  Ezra 3:12

The church that I was called into ministry has changed significantly.  In many ways it feels like we are at a place where the walls are falling down around us.  It is playing out on all levels of the church, in larger manifestations beyond the local level as well.  But my perspective and voice is not on the only perspective and voice.

And so we stand and perhaps look and see rubble or maybe we see the building blocks and endless possibilities, we may see what is absent and what used to be or we see what can be and so we face a mixture of emotions collectively. 

I think what we all struggle with in this era of the church that is going through seismic changes, is the moving forward part.  We are always, and I mean always called to move from death to resurrection.  Our expectations as the body of Christ should never be that we will remain, but that we will move forward.

Prayer: Gracious God thank you.  Thank you for this day of life, thank that you have allowed us to wake up and draw a breath today.  We pray that you will grant us the wisdom and the boldness to live this day with courage and with commitment to the new world that you are at work bringing about in our very midst.  Give us Advent hearts; give us Advent hope, peace and joy.  Amen

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