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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Two Edged SwordPsalm 149:6

The Double-Edged Sword

With the praise of God in their mouths, and a two-edged sword in their hands . . .

With mercy and justice, compassion and integrity, love and honesty the double-edged sword of God sings in the hands of God’s people.  Let us praise God.

God says: I understand how difficult it is for you to wield this special sword when you see only a small part of the broad landscape of the time and place that I see.  Yet you are my special and dear children and for that reason I cannot refuse you this sword of redeeming life.  When you are discouraged from struggling with the world, take up the sword and grasp it firmly. When you feel that you are bullied because of me, lift the sword and allow it to sing.  When you find that you are weighed down with my justice, raise the sword and join your voice in the song of the double-edged sword.

We humans tend to be dualistic; we find life easier to live when we look through a single lens that filters out opposing views.  We have difficulty balancing opposites yet we lose our way when we see events and people through the lens of our own singular thinking.  God is always showing us a world of inversion: the poor are wealthy, the wealthy poor; what is lost is found, what is found is lost; we are born to die, we die in order to be born anew.  This two-edged sword that separates and yet joins is a living sign of God’s presence in our lives.  Let us celebrate our struggles and take up our burden with joy.  And let us learn a lesson of great value as we ponder God’s double-edged sword.

For practical advice on the use of the two-edged sword, click on the image above or go to: http://lifeworthserving.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/praying-the-word/

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