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

The Life of the Reign of God as Coming Forth stresses the way this Reign simply breaks in and exposes itself to us. Yes, we always pray that God's Reign will come among us and God's will - will be done among us. And yet, as long as we are waiting for another day - another time - another world to be set up - another place to which we must go, that Reign simply erupts and we do not enter that life. I'm not the brightest person in the world so I am especially appreciative when God's Reign is Coming Forth and giving me a push. It may be within a conversation with others - it may evenbe as I witness life that is completely contrary to the Life in the Reign of God. Too often, we hold up images of God's Reign that are within Scriptures. That is not bad. It is often helpful. And yet, those images are not meant to be isolated back in time. They are being exposed and encountered even as we roll out of bed and start this day. The Life of the Reign of God as Coming Forth is the opportunity for us to turn and go in a new direction - or continue on the way of God's peace even in the face of a day that is full of warfare and verbal or physical brutality. And yet, do you do that which I often do - sit back and never step into that LIfe?

O God of New Life and All Hopefulness, continue to lead us into the images of your Reign that guide us into the way of your peace and hope and joy. Amen.