September 1 Ferguson Hope

Photo by Sarah Bryant

Photo by Sarah Bryant

Job 40:1-42:17;  2 Corinthians 5:11-21;  Psalm 45:1-17;  Proverbs 22:14

 

“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.  Though we once regarded

Christ in this way, we do so no longer.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God who reconciled us to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.  We implore you on Christ’s behalf;  be reconciled to God.  God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”  2 Corinthians 5:16-21

 

Close to home

Ferguson’s flames

burn

images of injustice

and bid my heart

to offer up prayers

for blacks and whites,

young and old,

citizens and civil servants

wrapped up in pain

and hurt

and fear.

 

Pray for reconciliation

to the One who bridged

the gap

between Holiness

and sin

with His life blood.

Pray for faith to work

changes in all

creatures here below–

to make all things new.

 

It’s what God does-

make new creations

out of headstrong,

mouthy,

disobedient,

prideful,

defensive

human beings

bent on having things

their way.

 

The Good Word is that God

can and does

work these

miracles of change.

 

Pray that the flames of Ferguson

are quenched with the balm

of God’s grace,

mercy

and love.

For Jesus’ sake.

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