dark day bright dawn

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Monday mentioned how encouraging light is; sunshine is good (even though we can’t take it in too directly). Tuesday mentioned how dark our hearts can be when we rebel against good. The goal in observing the obvious is to be aware of how real and significant goodness and evil are in our world and in us. Today the reflection is on what happens when evil/darkness confronts goodness/light. That, in one regard, is the story of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Luke 23:44-47 It was now about the sixth …

Redeemed from vanity AND presumption

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Looking at Ecclesiastes this week has clarified the dangers on each side of the narrow way. On the one side is the precipice of despair: all is vanity, nothing makes sense, might as well get addicted to t.v. and junk food ’cause nothing really matters anyway. On the other side is the unscaleable cliff of religious surety; the hyper confidence that all is good and clear and fine and obvious and in reach (as long as we keep side-stepping actual experiences in life, church history and even scripture).  The narrow …

Mosaic

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Revelation 5:9-10 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, (10) and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” The broken bits of human communities are ultimately to be gathered to form a redeemed work of art. The story is too vast to be told thoroughly, …