May 30th, 2020 Daily Devotional:

Today's Psalm is number 18. It's a long one, but some of its verses may

sound very familiar:

"The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my

God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my

salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be

praised...."


How and when has God been a rock for you?


Tomorrow is Pentecost, and so I want to share this poem by Jan

Richardson. May it be both a blessing and a challenge.


THIS GRACE THAT SCORCHES US

A Blessing for Pentecost Day

Jan Richardson

from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons

Here’s one thing

you must understand

about this blessing:

it is not

for you alone.

It is stubborn

about this.

Do not even try

to lay hold of it

if you are by yourself,

thinking you can carry it

on your own.

To bear this blessing,

you must first take yourself

to a place where everyone

does not look like you

or think like you,

a place where they do not

believe precisely as you believe,

where their thoughts

and ideas and gestures

are not exact echoes

of your own.

Bring your sorrow.

Bring your grief.

Bring your fear.

Bring your weariness,

your pain,

your disgust at how broken

the world is,

how fractured,

how fragmented

by its fighting,

its wars,

its hungers,

its penchant for power,

its ceaseless repetition

of the history it refuses

to rise above.

I will not tell you

this blessing will fix all that.

But in the place

where you have gathered,

wait.

Watch.

Listen.

Lay aside your inability

to be surprised,

your resistance to what you

do not understand.

See then whether this blessing

turns to flame on your tongue,

sets you to speaking

what you cannot fathom

or opens your ear

to a language

beyond your imagining

that comes as a knowing

in your bones,

a clarity

in your heart

that tells you

this is the reason

we were made:

for this ache

that finally opens us,

for this struggle,

this grace

that scorches us

toward one another

and into

the blazing day.

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