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A New Ordinary

June 15, 2020

“Your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise. O dwellers in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For you drew is a radiant dew, and the earth will give birth to those long dead.” Isaiah 26:19

This verse is today’s selection from the Daily Texts, although I had to crack open my Bible to read the full passage. The Daily Texts offers only the first four words: “Your dead shall live.” While the rest of the verse is beautiful and powerful, those first four words are striking.

Yesterday, the church returned to the color green. We are in Ordinary Time, so named because we count the Sundays. But as they say, there’s nothing ordinary about it! This time in the life of the church is centered on Jesus’ teachings, and is meant to be a time of growth and maturation for Christians.

Today’s verse reminds us that this growth begins in death. We were dead in our sin, and in our sin killed Jesus. God, however, wouldn’t let that be the end of the story. Had, in fact, planned something new all along. On the third day, Jesus was raised from the dead. It is in him, the crucified and risen Lord, that we find new life. It is through him that our dead shall live.

Forces of death swirl around us. As we move through Ordinary Time, let us do so in the extraordinary power and promise of the gospel. Jesus who was dead is alive. In him, you will live. In him, you do live.

God of hope, in this world of death you call us to newness of life. Help us to trust your promise and to work in your name for the sake of life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: A Russian icon depicting the Prophet Isaiah (public domain).

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One Comment
  1. Susan Messerli permalink

    These daily commentaries are so helpful to me and inspiring and comforting. Thank you.

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