Micah 6: 1-8

In the first week of its existence, the new administration of President Donald Trump has probably received more media coverage, scrutiny, analysis, and commentary than most Presidents receive in a month. At one level, this arises from the understandable novelty of newness: people are naturally curious about the policies any new administration will pursue, and the media tend to feed this curiosity as it senses an opportunity for increased circulation and improved ratings. However, in the case of President Trump, this intense coverage is also the product of his own conduct over the long course of the last presidential election cycle, and both the expectations and the fears which his campaign promises have raised in many parts of American society and the wider global community. Continue reading “Micah 6: 1-8”

Isaiah 42: 1-9

In his book A Grief Observed, C S Lewis talks powerfully about the experience of being forced into the position of onlooker in a situation involving the suffering of another; of what it feels like to be relegated to the sidelines while a tragedy unfolds. And in particular, he describes the particular, impotent rage which the observer in these situation experiences: the desperate desire to be somehow empowered or equipped to intervene, to be able to change the course of events so that the suffering ceases or the tragedy doesn’t occur.  And Lewis also describes the terrible sense of isolation and loneliness which this situation engenders: of how one desperately cries out to God for answers and solutions; and of how, instead, in the midst of our terrible pain, it only feels as though God has slammed the door shut in our faces, and all we can hear are the bolts being driven home on the other side. Continue reading “Isaiah 42: 1-9”