Jody is out of town facilitating a Prayer Summit so husband, Dan, takes over for the familiar story of the three Hebrew exiles being tossed into the furnace. Listen as three stubborn guys put their lives on the line as a matter of conscience. Gives new meaning to the old phrase, “turn or burn!” In the case of the Babylonian king it was, “watch and learn.”
And so it happens again, this time in a church. People are gathered to worship. Children playing with friends. Adults enjoying conversation. There is music and prayer. A community has come together in the name of the Lord, Jesus.
A man, boiling with hatred enters the sanctuary and begins firing a weapon which has as its sole purpose the taking of human life. It performs flawlessly. Twenty-six brothers and sisters of the Kingdom are dead with another twenty injured. The illusion of safety in this world, if such an illusion persisted, is shattered in a tiny town in Texas.
Another mass shooting. Days before, a worshiper of a demon god (certainly no righteous deity could have inspired such an act) murders eight innocents with a rented truck in New York. Before that, 58 killed in Las Vegas. Elsewhere in the world, acts of cowardly inhumanity are standard fare. Hatred has gone viral. Continue reading Caution: Microcosms of Malice
Chapter 3 of Daniel. Giant golden statues, rebellious Hebrews, fiery furnaces and mysteries in the flames. Powers, principalities and kingdoms in conflict! This chapter has it all! The notes and workbook are available at the “Notes” tab above, under “Women’s Bible Study.”
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace…
I’ve been thinking about the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis. It occurs to me that it is a fitting inspiration as I learn how to coexist in a culture nearing midnight.
All around us we hear of violence and antagonism; of dispute and discouragement. Time and again I feel like “throwing my hat into the ring” on some of it. I want to make my opinion known. Fight for the right, you know? I recently did just that and then regretted it. I’ll talk about that next time.
Seriously, what good will it do to stake out my position in a society that is coming unraveled? Particularly when my own garden here in “God’s Kingdom coming” needs tending. While the world outside blusters and blows, shouldn’t we be the calm in the storm?
St. Francis does a good job of outlining our job here between heaven and earth:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
The second half of the teaching of Daniel 2. I believe that this chapter is essential for us to understand the panorama of scripture. The notes and workbook for Daniel 2 and 3 have been uploaded. You can read and download them under the “Notes” tab above.
Jody explores the second chapter of the prophetic book of Daniel in the first of two parts.