A Lesson for December 8th

Isaiah's Lips Anointed with Fire
Cleansing of Isaiah's Lips

Isaiah 6:6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7 The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.”

Who am I to talk about God?

32 weeks ago I presumed writing a weekly blog about Scripture intersecting life would be easy. My plan is simple: Read the daily lectionary and observe current events as reported in the media, then look for parallels. The hard part is starting with Scripture and allowing Scripture to intersect with life. Using a reading plan, for this blog the Daily Lectionary, prompts me to consider passages I might otherwise skip past and then look for events that correlate.

Many people try to avoid speaking about God, leaving such discussions for the experts: theologians and pastors. Isaiah tried this approach saying: “”Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips …” and an angel cleansed his lips with a burning coal. For Christians, baptism marks our being cleansed for doing God’s work in the world for speaking a word of grace to our neighbors.

When has God given you an opportunity to speak about the divine?

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