Thursday, August 13, 2020 by Barbara Higby
Classic Summer Rewrites
If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them…
maybe you can hire The A-Team.
Rewrite: There is no A-Team!
Anyone who’s been bullied, targeted, or treated unjustly loves the A-Team—modern day Robin Hoods with a military background who risk their personal safety for the cause of justice. And they are amazing! The A-Team can build a tank from a box of paper clips and construct a weapon from a handful of nuts and bolts. The suffering get saved, the bad guys are thrown out of Dodge, and no one gets killed. Every episode ends happily-ever-after. But—are you ready?—they’re not real. There is no A-Team, despite what our political parties claim.
As astute and resourceful as the A-Team is, they’re not almighty, all-knowing, or all powerful—but our A-Team is. We have an Alpha and Omega “team” who knows the end from the beginning (and is present for both). He precedes us and follows us. He’s above us and below us. He defends and protects us. The A-Team evaded government authorities, but the Father, Son, and Spirit created those authorities.
We call and God moves—Psalm 18 puts the A-Team to shame.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.
The earth trembled and quaked,
and the foundations of the mountains shook;
they trembled because he was angry.
Smoke rose from his nostrils;
consuming fire came from his mouth,
burning coals blazed out of it.
He parted the heavens and came down;
dark clouds were under his feet.
He mounted the cherubim and flew;
he soared on the wings of the wind…
Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
The Lord thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most High resounded.
He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy,
with great bolts of lightning he routed them…
He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.*
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God,
“who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Rev. 1:8
*Psalm 18:6-10, 12-14, 16-19, emphasis mine
Pause in the Chaos
Pondering about Prayer
Pause to Look Behind You
I Love Spring
A FULL Heart
Prayer-FULL in 2022
Grace-FULL in 2022
Joy-FULL in 2022
Mercy-FULL in 2022
Hope-FULL in 2022
Mind-FULL in 2022
Peace-FULL in 2022
Thank-FULL in 2022
What Will You Do Better Next Year?
“Do not be afraid.”
“Do not be afraid, Shepherd.”
“Do not be afraid, Joseph.”
“Do not be afraid, Mary.”
What delights your senses?
What moves your feet?
What thrills your heart?
Pre-Thanks Giving #1
I Love Fall
I Love Ts
Worship is Endless
Worship is Exclusive
Worship is Elimination
Worship is Expectation
Worship is Engagement
Worship is Entrance
The Afterlife (?)
I Love Spring
A New Heaven & Earth
A New Command: Love
A New Unity
A New Song
What’s new (beside the year)?
My word for the year
Do you choose a word for the year?
And His name will be… Prince of Peace
And His name will be… Everlasting Father
And His name will be… Mighty God
And His name will be… Wonderful Counselor
Thanks Giving #4
Thanks Giving #3
Thanks Giving #2
I Love Fall
Small part, great power: E—Exercise
Small part, great power: U—Utter Wisdom
Small part, great power: G—Glorify God
Small part, great power: N—No negativity
Small part, great power: O—Offer
Small part, great boasts: T
“Father Knows Best”
“To Tell the Truth”
“Charles in Charge”
I Love Blue