Psalm 119: 133-136
Keep my steps steady according to your promise, and never let iniquity have dominion over me.
Redeem me from human oppression, that I may keep your precepts.
Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes.
My eyes shed streams of tears because your law is not kept.
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If there is one true thing that this generation of Christians has done to enhance the mission of the Gospel, it has been the movement away from sacred vs. secular realms in our understanding of the Christian life. The last several decades of Christians have emphasized a renewal of the 1st-century concept of the Christian life as journey. The first Christians were called people of The Way - in Greek "hodos." The idea is learning that never ends. Traveling companions who inform, delight, protect and support. The metaphor of the path and the danger of slipping off it is one to which all humans can relate. We live in a world in which there are stationary castles built by the powers who staked a claim on the sacred or secular, each declaring primacy, both declaring war. The call to follow the way of Christ is a nomadic existence, where holiness and unholiness happen around us and inside us like walking in and out of the sunshine. On the Way, we gain strength and are challenged by those who place value on the ownership of land over the ones who travel through it. If the laws of God teach us anything, it is that we are not God, we have not arrived at our destination, we cannot own the path, we can only walk on it.
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Holy God, steady as we go. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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