Each Monday we publish Sunday's Coming, an email-only post on the upcoming readings, written by our current Living by the Word columnist.
Acts 2:1-21 or Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Romans 8:22-27 or Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
The Spirit-filled art of Sawai Chinnawong
Chinnawong is persuaded that he must live into the gospel as a Thai artist. But the pastor who baptized him called his paintings "Buddhist."
Living with regret
It’s been seven years, and I cannot access the word of peace. The tears still sting and slosh over my pail of remorse.
Ezekiel 37:1–14; John 11:1–45
God calls us out of the metaphorical tombs in which we are buried: addiction, hopelessness, guilt. But I believe God also calls us out of the tangible tombs of entrenched poverty, poor education, and limited opportunity.
When I wake in the night and thinkof what I might have said in class that day,I wonder why my life consistsof inarticulate occasions.No timely word, only belated ones.Every hour a first draft, and then another.It makes me want to announce, “Listen!Listen to what I do not say. Listento what it is you cannot say yourselves.”There are sighs and groans, just sighs and groans.Interpret them, dear ones, as you may.
The answer that comes out of a tornado is not the kind of answer we want—or at least not one that responds to our agonized questions.
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.
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