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May 26, 2020

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

Today is Day 72 of Dispatches From a Suburban Parson During a Pandemic. It is also the first day of summer vacation for Erika and the kids. We had a wonderful experience with e-learning but we’re also glad it’s over. Still, the question has been lingering: What are we going to do with the kids all summer?

Well, we’re only a few hours in but things are off to a great start. In the basement I discovered that Torsten has taken out our long-ignored bin of Play-Doh containers and accessories. We own a number of molds, but he was making freehand creations. It seems he’s more interested in creating something new than forcing the Play-Doh into a predefined shape.

The New Testament passage in the Daily Texts for today shows that God has similar inclinations. While we would press ourselves and one another into the molds of this world, God is up to something new. The old conformity leads to dullness and death. God doesn’t want conformation; God is working transformation in our lives. In Christ’s death and resurrection, the molds and laws are left behind. We are set free. Free to discern for ourselves what the Spirit is working in our lives.

This summer vacation is going to be different than any we’ve had before. This might just be an opportunity for non-conformity. Let God renew your mind as the Spirit transforms your life. We’ll see what happens!

Be well, friends. You are loved.

Living Spirit, you find us where we are but you don’t leave us there. Break us free from the chains of sin and death. Transform us for your purposes. Give us grace to live lives that are good, acceptable, and perfect. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Some of our Play-Doh, along with dinosaur and Star Wars molds.

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