Daily Worship

Going back

Liz Crumlish March 05, 2021 0 1
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Matthew 9: 16-17 (NRSVA)

16 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak, and a worse tear is made. 17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.’

Going back...

What does that entail

Is it a regression?

back to old habits

and comforting practices

Is it a retreat?

back to safe spaces

and familiar patterns

Is it a withdrawal?

back to sanctuaries

where we can hide

safely entrenched

behind defensive walls

built up over generations

Going back...

A comforting default

Or moving forward?

a buzz phrase much maligned

Moving forward

with God

into the future

that God is revealing

Discerning the places

where God lives

and walks

and invites us to be partners

listening and connecting

learning and discovering

who we are called to be

in the wake of a pandemic

with the potential

for deploying the reset function

that is already in progress

Moving forward into the promise

of the unknown

where the rules of engagement

are still being worked out

where we cannot rely

on the old paths that we know

but on the one

who makes all things new.

Default or promise?

Which will it be?

Lent Disciplines

Consider — What part could you play in getting new wine into new wineskins?