Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
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I had to stifle a laugh when I read James using the prophets as an example of patience and not grumbling. Hey, man, have you READ Jeremiah lately? Old Testament prophets invented snarky remarks and most of those were likely well-filtered. Even those called to speak God's word had their moments of utter hair-pulling, flail-on-the-ground temper tantrums of frustration. No one seems to be listening. Everyone is talking at once and the words clutter the air and suck the oxygen out of the room. What the prophets did that, we so often forget to do, is to run outside, scream at God and allow the next breath they take to be filled with the holiness of God who resuscitates us back to life. If you have never prayed like you were gasping for air, then you have never really prayed like a prophet.
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Okay, give me a minute. Hey, I can breathe. Thanks, Lord. 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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