Empowered

Ordinary Time
January 29, 2018

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40:21-31

Have you not known? Have you not heard?
   Has it not been told you from the beginning?
   Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
   and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
   and spreads them like a tent to live in;
who brings princes to naught,
   and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.  –Isaiah 40:21-26

Recently I hunger deeply for the omnipotent God, the God of might and miracles I sang about as a child. I long to feel that what Robert Browning said in his poem Pippa’s Song is true. God ‘s in His heaven—All ‘s right with the world!* Of course, I long for the omnipotent God because all is not right with the world, but longing for the almighty God is the correct response in that case. Remembering that we love and serve the God who is love empowers us to rise above our limitations and address the wrongs that surround us. God has our backs what more do we need.

I participated in the Oklahoma City Women’s March recently and was amazed at the strength of the sisterhood and brotherhood present. The good spirit that prevailed was palpable. The signs illustrating the wrongs that beset us bore truths that might draw out anger and violence but that was not the case here. I was surrounded by resilience and tenacity. These people were past anger. They were ready to correct the wrongs that had too long ruled their lives and the lives of those who cannot advocate for themselves. Edmond Burke’s words came to mind: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good [people] to do nothing. ** I was amid good people empowered to address evil.

Prayer: Lord, give us the strength to face our challenges to make the world a place ruled by love. Amen.

*http://www.bartleby.com/101/718.html
**See at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/edmund_burke_377528

All scriptures are quoted from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights are reserved.

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