Living in the Tension

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

One of my favorite theologians, Brian D. McLaren says, “What you focus on determines what you miss.” What are you focused on, and what is it you are missing?

I think for many of us it is tempting for our focus to grow monotonous. The theologian Suzanne Stabile says the church can do something about this, “Nothing good comes out of business as usual, the church needs discontent, so that a new order might arise, but we crave status quo.” Stabile is not calling for more rebels without a cause, we always have those in abundance. She is calling us to live in the tension of what God is up to.

In Genesis 1:2, "The earth was formless and void and darkness covered the deep, while wind from God swept over the waters.” Only from chaos and a mess can God do God's best work. Is your life in chaos or a mess? If it is, prepare for the work of God to be done, your life will be a new creation.

For others of us,we may need to recognize the need to let go of something(s) so that God has the space to create anew in our lives. Letting go, so that God might create anew in our lives is not easy. If letting go is difficult for you, may James Finley’s words bless you this day- “ In the dark night God moves in and takes what we were afraid to let go of.”

May we pray for spiritual discipline; to hold mystery, wait in the threshold, share the gospel, and be holy. Let our “focus” be faithful, that we dare not “miss” the work of God's ongoing new creation.

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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