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The Followers of Jesus as helplessly hopeful. Comments to: adebelak@redeemerluth.com

The Followers of Jesus as helplessly hopeful notice how the world is moving around them. We see people and institutions stumble and fall. We see violence seem to be having the last word on every level of our society. We notice how fear breeds hatred and anxiety turns into reactive behavior that is self-centered and self-protective at any cost to others. The Followers of Jesus as helplessly hopeful see all this. It can be and it is at time - despairing. We then live within that strange notion of "and then' or 'and yet'. It is a time in which the Spirit of God breathes life into us even when we seem to be losing our breath and out life. The Followers of Jesus as helplessly hopeful may become exhausted and depleted and yet - we find new life handed to us, and then - we step into that life and come to appreciate its wonder and awe and its ability to take us beyond all the powers that we once thought could destroy us.

O God of New Life and All Hopefulness, continue to rock our world with the vision of your Reign as we wander through this day. Show us the wonder of you Reign and inspire us to step into its life. Amen.