Sunday to Monday | Who Is Jesus?

We are Not Self-Starters                                                                         

Speaking, acting, life-giving God
The one with the only verbs that can heal and rescue,
We come petitioning one more time,
Seeking your majestic address to us,
asking your powerful action among us,
waiting for your new life toward us.
Your creation teems with bondaged folk
who have not enough for life,
not enough bread, not enough clothes,
not enough houses, not enough freedom,
not enough dignity, not enough hope.
Your creation teems with bondaged creatures,                                                      
great valleys become dumps,
great oceans become dumped pollution,
fish wrapped in dumped oil,
fields at a loss for dumped chemicals.                                                                              
So we pray for creation, that has become a dump,
and for all your people
who have been dumped,
and dumped upon.

Renew your passion for life,
Work your wonders for newness,
Speak your word and let us begin again.
In your powerful presence, we resolve to do our proper work,
But we are not self-starters.
We wait on you to act, in order that we may act.
Show yourself in ways that give us courage and energy and freedom,
that we may care for our neighbors,
love your creation,
praise your name.
We pray in the savaged power of Jesus,
who cared and loved and praised.                                                                                        
~ Walter Brueggemann

Some questions to think about this week...

·  When you pray to Jesus do you have an image of Jesus in your mind? What, for better or worse, have been circumstances that formed that image?

·  You were created (Genesis 1 & 2) with gifts and passions.What is it that you do which puts you in the “flow” and you lose track of time?How can what you love to do be better utilized to bless the world?

· If sin is when we tell God you are in my seat, let us pray to Jesus upon his throne (Matthew 19:28) and take our seat before him.

· Reflect upon Jesus as the master “gardener,” calling all creation to participate with him in business, justice and the arts.

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