ATTACHMENT TO THE way things once were causes us to suffer. If we focus only on the way we lived and worshiped in the past and feel that changes have destroyed these old ways, we cannot move with courage and adventure into the future. Throughout the scriptural record of God’s activity amongst us, God is out ahead of us, leading us out ... and dispersing us into the world.
When we see the hand of God in the changes in our world, we can celebrate the continuing creativity of God. Jesus proclaims that the movement of God’s Spirit is toward a grand feast of abundant life and community for all people. So we sing praises to God’s creating Spirit for this creation, even when it is not yet fully revealed.
—Tom Camp, Upper Room Disciplines 2019 (Upper Room Books, 2018)
“Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old.
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
—Isaiah 43:18-19 (NRSV)
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