Lord God, help me in the shadows and in struggle to realize your rule. Protect me from giving in to the obvious, to what others say, to the logic of it all. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear your reality. Amen.
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It is our instinct to see things in the negative. Usually we are not quite so bold as to pronounce negative judgments, even though we may really believe them, we rather ask leading questions or find some obvious weakness and “build the case”. We inevitably head in the negative direction. “Personnel” intervention is the only way out of this fate. It isn’t that things are all that positive, or that things are really not that bad; or even that you can find an equal number of good things. The force of the personal witness is the greatest claim against the power of the negative. Human nature remains enslaved until the personnel intervention happens. Thanks, be to God for the person of Jesus Christ.
Action – Repentance and Creation:
The inevitability of human negativity requires the constant communion with the living community of saint, those who personally bear the Good News. Without such a communion, the human fate is sealed. Check in with a member of your congregation and tell them something good.