Burnt blessings

On Twitter last night, reflecting on the readings to come in a week that was … chaffy … I posted that I could stand to see some chaff burn: Bring it on, was the prayer that I tweeted.

Whether rashly or otherwise, it was, I felt, a reasonable response, and I have reason to think that John the Baptizer might have agreed. At a quiet day today, the wisdom of the group remembered John’s great crowds of followers, and the moments of almost unbearably poignant joy that must have accompanied his many baptisms. Yet he also had his moments of viper broods and burning chaff.

May God burn the chaff from your threshing floor.
May God wash the dirt from your face.
May God bless you, and keep you, restore your faith and resurrect hope
in the name of the Messiah and the Spirit, One God for ever. Amen.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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