Inherent Strength

Elijah threw his mantle on Elisha. This mantle that, when rolled up and stuck in the Jordan, had the power to part it. Elijah had to give up power in order than Elisha might live into that power. There is no question incomprehensible power flows through Elijah. But he does not use it to manipulate or coerce or intimidate Elisha into doing anything. Real strength, true power, is in the freedom to step aside, to let go of some measure of control (don’t annihilate one another). Or maybe give up some of your free time to give it to another who might benefit from your guidance, your wisdom (love as you want to be loved).

Freedom’s Protest

Freedom is a nebulous concept, vague and imprecise, yet for all its deftness to evade definition, we (and North American’s in particular) assert our right to wholesale freedoms. Freedom protests.

Lenten Prayer Practice – Holy Saturday

Because God’s love has been poured into our hearts . . . Rm5:5 How might I minister #hope to someone this Holy Saturday? Holy Trinity, center me now that I may notice Your creative intention, nest in the broad, safe space of Your presence, and intentionally nurture another with the same. What word or phrase… Continue reading Lenten Prayer Practice – Holy Saturday

Lament, See, Act

Today’s pray-as-you-go meditation focuses on Revelation 21:1-5a. And as I was listening to, “and God will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more . . . ‘See, I am making all things new,’” I couldn’t help but think about Kanyere Neema. Kanyere… Continue reading Lament, See, Act

Oration and Power and Ignoring the Rest

  In the past few weeks, I have been researching discourse in antiquity (approximately 2nd century BCE to 3rd century CE). One particular source by Caroline Vander Stichele and Todd Penner focuses on the role of appearance and outward characteristics that signify one’s class. One technique of the time was the use of oration as… Continue reading Oration and Power and Ignoring the Rest