The Way Things Are Is Not Acceptable!

December 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

Patrick Miller once wrote this great sentence:  In a world that assumes the status is quo, that things have to be the way they are and that we must not assume too much about improving them, the praises of God’s people are fundamental indicators that wonders have not ceased, that possibilities not yet dreamt of will happen, and that hope is an authentic stance.” The praise song of Hannah in 1 Samuel 2:1-10 is a good example.  This song comes against the background of Hannah’s lament for her barrenness when she weeps bitterly in the first chapter.  Until she hears the words of Eli: “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have made.”  “Then,” the story goes, “the woman went her way and ate, and her countenance was no longer sad” (1 Sam. 1: 17, 18b).  There is no child as yet; she is not even pregnant.  But her whole being is changed, and the transformation issues forth in song of praise that follows in chapter 2.  The Advent message of the hope, love, joy, and peace that we have received in Christ is our inspiration not to accept the way things are, but to yet again take up the task of living into God’s future vision for us.

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