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The Reign of God as 'in that day'. Comments to; adebelak@redeemerluth.com

The Reign of God as 'in that day' is meant to remind us that the Reign of God belongs in the everyday world - it is like another day in the midst of all the days of our lives. It is not something that comes in a space or time not just as the one we live in. It is a real day - like right now. The Reign of God as 'in that day' pulls us into the future of God's Reign that may not already be available at this moment - and yet, it is inevitable and it is not under our control. 'In that day' - as in all the days of our lives - God Reigns. There may simply come the time when that reality strikes us as a bit more real and a part of all the dynamics within the world around us. The key point is 'in that day' is the Reign of God - enter in.

O God of New Life and All Hopefulness, sometimes we linger on the edge of your gracious Reign not aware that it is already wrapping us up and longing for us to take part. Praise to you, O God. Amen.

Weekday Devotions

The Reign of God as 'in that day.' Comments to; adebelak@redeemerluth.com

The Reign of God as 'in that day' may bring comfort and it may bring a word of discomfort. For 'in that day' when God's Reign begins to be revealed more clearly and the vision of that Reign becomes more concrete. Those who have been oppressed by the power of the world will be encouraged as something new will be arriving. Those who have been active in the many ways that lead to oppression will start to wonder if their days will come to an end. The Reign of God as 'in that day' is a time when God's Reign will be made more clear for all to see. Therefore it is a day into which we can all walk with confidence for God's Reign bring an eternal welcome into a whole new world of life.

O God of New Life and All Hopefulness, as you swing wide the door of your Reign it makes for a thrilling life of all of us. We bless you, O God. Amen.

Weekday Devotions

The Reign of God as 'in that day'. Comments to: adebelak@redeemerluth.com

The Reign of God as 'in that day' is a 'hope-holder.' That simply means that it is always pointing beyond the present and letting us hear a message about that which is yet to come. We can always find a list of things that are not quite right or even quite bad about the present time. We all have our list of criterion as to what makes the day at hand good or bad. Those lists rarely agree from one group to another. Therefore, there needs to be this Word that come into the day at hand and sends us out with a note. The Reign of God as 'in that day' is the kind of note that makes us lift our heads and begin to think of other possible ways for God's Reign to shake up all of us and help us all raise our expectations as to what God intends for us.

O God of New Life and All Hopefulness, point us into the midst of your gracious Reign. Amen

Weekday Devotions

The Reign of God as 'in that day.' Comments to: adebelak@redeemerluth.com

The Reign of God as 'in that day' points out into the future. No matter what the day may bring, 'in that day' will be the salvation of our God. It may well be the worst day of our lives and yet 'in that day' the Reign of God will be available for all - without exception. Not only that - it will transform what appears the character of the day so that we will begin to see and hear and experience the character of the Reign of God 'in that day.

O God of New Life and All Hopefulness, praise to you for being with us in this day and all that days to come. Amen.

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

The Reign of God as light exposes all and welcomes all. Nothing goes unseen within this divine way of life. Nothing needs to go unseen - all things are made whole within this light. The light does not point out errors or flaws, it highlights the expansiveness of God's love - for God's love will take us to places and people we would not choose to go. There are no dark places. There is only light and God welcomes all within the brilliance of that light. The Reign of God as light makes it quite clear that we do not have the power to move others off into the darkness of life. Rather, we are being delivered into a new realm of living - wide open and full of unbounded love for all.

O God of New Life and All Hopefulness, take us in and bring us into your eternal embrace. Amen.

Weekday Devotions

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

The Reign of God as light leads us into lives of hopefulness and justice and peace and nonviolence. For this light will not put up with anything else. No matter who is acting contrary to the such a character for life, this light will reveal the difference for all to see. We must remember that not all people want this light to shine and reveal and expose. That would mean that the world would need to change its ways and the powers of the world would be exposed as needing to feed off of the lives of others in order to remain in power. The Reign of God as light must always be discredited by the powers of the world. Too often this is done with layer upon layer of lies that often do their deeds of death before the light exposes them and people begin to see how false the powers of the world are. In the middle of such falsehood, the light must continue to shine without failing.

God of New Life and All Hopefulness, let your light shine even when we are afraid to hold it up and let it shine among us. Amen.

Weekday Devotions

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

The Reign of God as light - scatters the darkness. That seems advent-like. This Reigning light is like truthfulness. It does not allow for lies the fester and bring death. Instead, as soon as a lie is spoken or people begin living within the grasp of the many lies that are able to secure so much control of the world - it is exposed. I think some political candidate fear the light. They had investigative reporting - they accuse truth-finding as the work of demons - they live the lie of acting as though they are victims and they represent all the victims of thorough journalism. No matter where we go in the world, the powers that oppress and the powers that control are utterly powerless unless they can keep their people living within the darkness of their cultural and religious lies. The Reign of God as light is not a 'churchy' power. It is the power of the Spirit of God's Reign of truth the never ceases to expose lies and half-truths (that are also lies).

God of New Life and All Hopefulness, whenever the lies of the world attempt to distort your gracious Reign make us people who boldly open up the way of truth in the world. Amen.