I needed to ask what certain words meant to me, words I had taken for granted but that now had to bear real definitions for me. I felt compelled to understand them in order to make better sense of my faith: baptism, hospitality, witness, and a slew of others. While becoming theologically educated, new words like beauty, creativity, and delight had seeped into my language of faith, and I needed to think through their compatibility with the more traditional words. In a bizarre way, these spiritual mind games pushed out the stained-glass walls I’d built around God and offered me a bigger and broader sense of who God might be and who exactly could fill out an application to join that royal priesthood that Saint Peter talks about in 1 Peter 2:9.
—Enuma Okoro, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
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But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are God’s own possession. You have become this people so that you may speak of the wonderful acts of the one who called you out of darkness into his amazing light.
—1 Peter 2:9 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Forgive me when I am reluctant to engage as you call me to do. Surround me with a faith community that encourages and challenges me to participate in God’s unfolding drama.
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