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Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior

by davesandel on December 15th, 2021

Wednesday, December 15, 2021                                (today’s lectionary)

Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior

Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?

Here I am, at the defining moment of my life, looking Jesus in the eyes. After this, my life will never be the same. After this, my life will have purpose, my life will matter, and I will not be afraid.

He granted sight to many who were blind.

But will I miss this moment somehow? Will my blindness be removed so I can see, or will I stay blind? How can I live up to what Jesus expects of me? Go and sin no more, he says. But my sin follows me like a hungry dog, waiting to be fed. Eckhart Tolle calls it my “pain body,” which hangs around just to keep from dying. Jesus, can I turn away from this wretched, hungry false me?

Blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.

That is to say, Jesus, that your love is what matters – neither my sin nor your perfection. You have never promised me a rose garden, but you do promise to love me. That’s so much better! You are my brother: you accept and love me, and because of this I will become more of who I was made to be.

I will not miss this moment of revelation.

I am the Lord and there is no other. I form the light, and create the darkness, I make well-being and woe. Let the earth open and salvation bud forth; let justice also spring up! I, the Lord, have created this.

Lord, your poetry sweeps me away. When my feet once more are set upon this earth, give me strength and grace to continue in your path of justice and mercy. Free me to be free.

I am the Lord, and there is no other, the creator of the heavens. I designed the earth not to be a waste, but a place to be lived in.

Take one small step, then another, take a giant step, and let it be.

There’s just no percentage in remembering the past

It’s time you learned to live again at last.

Come with me, leave yesterday behind

And take a giant step outside your mind.

I have been thinking too much. I forget the fairy tales, and I look to understand more than I am made to understand. Chesterton noticed that when he gave up grasping rationality, the world became far more rational. “Our scientific salvation will be the death of us.”


Turn to me and be safe, all you ends of the earth, for I am God and there is no other! Who announced this from the beginning?

I look into Jesus’ dark deep eyes, and I no longer feel afraid. The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. Jesus invites me into his new Kingdom of heaven, where I can live and breathe and have my being. I am free.

(Isaiah 45, Psalm 85, Isaiah 40, Luke 7)

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