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The Reign of God as provocative. Comments to: adebelak@redeemerluth.com

The Reign of God as provocative has a way of testing us - pulling at us - rattling us - shaking us up. It is not to the point of being in despair. And yet, it can be quite a profound shaking. The coming of the Reign of God into our midst can rattle our bones - just as the wind of God rattled the bones in the valley of dry bones. We are stirred up by the vision of God's Reign that is capable of falling down upon us and transforming the day. I love the book of Acts for this reason. In many of those stories, God's Reign is provoking faithfulness among people who do not know what is to come next or who may be afraid of what they think will come next. Like a wildfire we are moved and find ourselves in a new place and living under a new reality. It is all quite amazing.

O God of New Life and All Hopefulness, as you revive us and we step out into a life we did not anticipate or do not control, we are handed new life. Blessed are you for giving us newness in the midst of that seems so unchangeable. Amen.


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