The Small Ways
The first weeks of January are often times full of big plans, big promises, big expectations, and big dreams. It was good to be reminded by Walter Brueggemann this morning of the significance of “smallness” in God’s economy. This is from Prayers for a Privileged People:
We magnify you for your miracles of deliverance.
We relish the news of your gift of newness given us in Jesus of Nazareth.
We make our doxology as large as we can, in order to match your massive presence in the world.
But then, in slow times and in lesser venues, we know you to be the God of small things; one widow and one orphan, one touch of healing, one lunch turned to much food, one small temple for a small people in a small city, one small scroll to power the small city.
On good days we are among those, who do not occupy ourselves with things too great and too marvelous.
It is enough that short of glory and magnificence, you hang in to make small places your venue for governance. We are grateful for your “tidbits” that bespeak life among us.