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THE 8:46 CHALLENGE

Dear Crosswalkers,

Grace to you and peace.

Our society continues to crumble beneath the weight of injustice. Of course, the looting and rioting are not the answers. But the many peaceful protesters are acknowledging with one voice a sad truth that periodically rears its ugly head; namely, that sin is a lethal reality, power is unequally distributed and often abused, and that injustice and prejudice continues to mock the ideals of our national heritage.

Here’s what I did this morning, and I challenge you to do the same.

I set the timer on my phone for 8 minutes and 46 seconds as I knelt in prayer. That, of course, is the time a knee was crushing the neck of George Floyd. In those minutes he called for help, saying, “I can’t breathe.”

It is a long time.

I started to pray for our society when the words of an old hymn took root in my consciousness and stayed with me.    

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Till I am wholly Thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.

At one point, the resurrected Lord Jesus breathed on his disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22). Ultimately, it all begins with the life of God in us. But the life of God in us sends us to be agents of peace and reconciliation in this broken world. Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision, wrote these words in the flyleaf of his Bible: “Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God.”

Please accept the 8:46 challenge.

Love in the Lord,

Pastor John

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