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

The Reign of God as Coming Forth may be embarrassing - because it simple appears. In that way, it may come within the words or actions of a child - a simple question about how and why things are done. Or maybe, the questions and comments that are from adults but are quite child-like. In other words in the world of big ideas and big actions and big egos, the heart of the Reign of God becomes visible and we all must step back. It is golden. It is vitally alive. It is unlike the ways of power we all know do well. Being caught in that moment of seeing or hearing or being touched by the Coming Forth of God's Reign may be halting - cause us to feel embarrassed because we possibly begin to consider how far we can go away from such a Reign. Now, embarrassment can bring about anger. It need not. It really needs to lead to honesty and vulnerability so that the cycle of the world's power will not have such an easy way with us.

O God of New Life and All Hopefulness, awaken us - breathe life into us - shake us and rock us into the reality of your loving Reign. Amen.