SOMETHING FOR YOUR SOUL...
to help you be still, know God, and prepare to meet the world again.
Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous. It
is good for the just to sing praises!
Praise the LORD
with the harp. Play to God with the psaltery and the lyre.
for God a new song. Sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet.
For the word of the LORD is right, and all God's works are sure.
God loves righteousness and justice. The loving-kindness of the LORD fills the whole earth.
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, by the breath of
God's mouth all the heavenly hosts.
The heavens shine with Your
glory, as You wrap Yourself in human form!
(Adapted from Claiborne, Shane, and Jonathan Hartgrove. Common Prayer: A Liturgy for
Ordinary Radicals. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2010. Print.)
Shepherd of Israel and Light of All Nations,
made known in the gifts
of those who call to other names
and walk on different ways:
may unjust powers
and the hatred within us
be dismayed by your friendship
and dethroned by your love;
through Jesus Christ, the open arms of
(Shakespeare, Steven. Prayers
for an Inclusive Church. New York: Church, 2009. Print.)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
"But the day has past for bland euphemisms. He who lives with untruth lives in
spiritual slavery. Freedom is still the bonus we recieve for knowing the truth. 'Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall
set you free.'"
- Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos
or Community? by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther. Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? New York: Beacon, 1968. 71. Print.)
This month we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany, when the mission of Christ is revealed
to us through the visit of the magi. They offer him gold as a true if most unlikely ruler, frankincense in light of his divinity,
and myrrh for his embalming upon death. At this time we commemorate along with the magi the life, ministry, and death of Christ.
We celebrate, too, this month, the life, ministry, and death of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - both as a country and as
Christians committed to following Christ's call. Read then, this book, this month, which entices us to our own ephipanies,
to recognizing and realizing the truths that lie within and without us. In reading Rev. Dr. King's book, we share a need for
bringing the gifts of our most honest and open selves to Christ to show the ways in which we truly understand the life, ministry,
and death of our Savior.