16 October 2013

Seeking New Skin

The sloughing off of the old skin and putting on of the new is a natural part of life for a crab. 
It's similar to the cleansing I seek today which is well described by the ancient palmist. 
Nothing dramatic. Just a minor transformation. 

A minor transformation is my hope and perhaps yours as well. 
We can't make transformation happen in DC. 
We can't even make it happen in our own heart. 

But we can cry out to God for transformation. 
Shed the old skin. 
Put on new skin. 
As individuals and as a nation.

Just beyond our spectacular pride is a tiny glimpse of a way forward. 
Let's head in that direction today. 

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Create in me a clean heart, O God, 
and put a new and right spirit within me.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, 
and put a new and right spirit within me. 

Do not cast me away from your presence, 
and do not take your holy spirit from me. 

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, 
and sustain in me a willing spirit. 
-Psalm 51:10-12 

Ride on the wings of the wind

Ride on the wings of the wind

Sleep in the tent of the heavens.

It's hard to hang with the God of heaven and earth.

You never know where you may get hung.

Could get hung from a cross.

Might get wrapped in light like a garment.

Such is the unpredictable life of a disciple.

You learn to take what comes.

Live into the vision. 

Learn as you grow.

That's how we roll.

Psalm 104
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. 
O LORD my God, you are very great. 
You are clothed with honor and majesty, 
2 wrapped in light as with a garment. 
You stretch out the heavens like a tent, 
3 you set the beams of your chambers on the waters, 
you make the clouds your chariot, 
you ride on the wings of the wind, 
4 you make the winds your messengers, 
fire and flame your ministers.