Wednesday with Brueggemann
Do you notice?
We are in process of deciding, to whom does the present belong? On most days, we imagine, the present belongs to the empire. When we think that, we succumb in resignation, because then we conclude that everything is settled and nothing can be changed. On some days, however, we hear this voice which crowds in on the empire. That odd voice, the voice of the gospel, asserts, “I am doing a new thing. Do you notice?” When we notice, we are strangely free. We sing, we dance, we care—with abandonment—because we are no longer intimidated. We get our strength back. We get our priorities right. We declare God’s praise and reclaim the present for the God to whom it belongs We are liberated to live in the present where God’s newness is at work, undaunted, undiminished, unintimidated, free, powerful, joyous. It is enough to trust the poem and to find the present made new for God’s purpose.
• Brueggemann, Walter, A Gospel of Hope (p. 16)