One of the things I have to do daily is turn to the word of God. It is not new: I have been doing this for years. In sickness, in health, in times of peace and times of trouble, I turn to the word. I do not choose the passages: I follow a lectionary and let the scholars choose them.
Today there is much pressure on us to compromise our faith. It is at these times that we need, above all, to stand in the faith. This requires not our strength, but that of God. For alone, we would crack and break, and our broken state become a parade proving that the narrative wins again.
Though the narrative is currently destroying much if not all that is good in traditional organizations: they were pressured into compromise, the people voted with their feet and wallets, and they are now running deficits.
13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
3 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
It is quite likely that I will take a blogging break. I have moved to a new platform, but it is time for a road trip. It would be good to turn to the word of God on paper, as I used to, and perhaps pray more than I blog.
So, for the next three weeks, while I am on the road, and during the remainder of Lent and Christmas, this place will be silent.