Reflections this week are by The Rev. Michael Wallens
It is clear that the salvation God promises is conditioned upon the people’s response. In the verses prior to verse 8 of chapter 58, we are told what is expected of us concerning fasting. What follows are the promises in verse 8. All the promises of Isaiah 58:8-9 are introduced by the word “then.” If we fast in the way which God is calling us to then….
If/then statements are given to us so that we may be able to employ reasoning, producing understanding, and subsequently application, for ‘proper choice-making’ with our life’s activities. If/then statements assist us in logically arriving at the stone of “Truth.”
In order to arrive at the stone of “truth”….
Questions for reflection
- What is God calling you to do and what is the promise in response to your actions? Write an If/Then statement for you and your ministry.
- How would an asylum seeker understand what is God calling them to do and what is the promise in response to their actions? Imagine and write an If/Then statement as though are were an Asylum seeker.
- How would someone in detention understand what is God calling them to do and what is the promise in response to their actions? Imagine and write an If/Then statement as though you were in detention.
- How would a DACA recipient understand what is God calling them to do and what is the promise in response to their actions? Imagine and write an If/Then statement as if you were a DACA recipient.
- How would the Church understand what God calling us to do and what is the promise in response to our actions? Write an If/Then statement for migration ministry.
Michael Wallens is an Episcopal priest who serves five churches in the Big Bend region of Far West Texas. He also serves as co-chair of the Rio Grande Borderland Ministries in the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande (RGBM). RGBM serves people along the border from Big Bend to Arizona.
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