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Then shall your light break forth

“Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.”
(Isaiah 58:8 ESV)
What will bring about our light? What will speed our healing? Offering that cup of cold water. Seeking to end injustice–that which [...]

Broken Fragments

I attend a church where we celebrate the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist on a weekly basis–actually, we celebrate it on Sunday and on Wednesday. Recently, we have been using a liturgy for the Eucharist that comes from the church in Kenya and includes this prayer:
O God of our ancestors, God of our people, before whose [...]

Why is giving easier for the poor?

I remember walking up to a hut in Zambia, the first hut I ever visited, and meeting a dear elderly couple. Their son had returned from the city, and he was “sick” (he was dying of AIDS). We sat outside on seats made of scraps of wood that had been nailed together while our hosts, [...]

Justice is God’s Business

Over Christmas, while sitting in the airport waiting for one of the few planes that actually made it into Portland before Christmas Eve, I learned something that turned my world upside down. “…the church needs to remember that justice is God’s business. God’s people are important but are secondary players in this cause. The gospel [...]

"Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, 'Here I am.' If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in." -Isaiah 58:6-12