Saturday, July 12, 2008

faithful imaginative interpretation

I am starting a series on Deuteronomy. I have been struck by how this is a book for people in the midst of change, written as a guide for the whole of life. I love Brueggemann’s phrase: faithful imaginative interpretation

It fits so well with part of the welcome to membership prayer we pray at Opawa.
As your disciples may we know the freedom to move into the unknown and the untried,
To see the opportunities of the new day,
And to serve our present age with compassion, imagination, and courage.
(Taken from Terry Falla’s, Be Our Freedom Lord).

Anyhow, inspired by faithful imaginative interpretation, I thought it would be Biblically fun and coherent if I could weave Moses benedictions in Deuteronomy 32 into the order of service. So here’s my faithful imaginative interpretation of the blessing of Joseph (v. 13-16).

May you be blessed by God:
Blessed with sleep to wake refreshed in each morning
Blessed with a work-life balance that keeps you energised into the evening
Blessed with the sun to warm you on cold days
Blessed with star glimpses that open your mouth in wonder
Blessed with moments to lift up your eyes to the Port Hills
Blessed with all the best from Earth’s good gifts,
Blessed with the smile from God’s talking and God’s presence.

Posted by steve at 07:09 PM


  1. i like this ! thanks for posting it………..

    Comment by julie — July 12, 2008 @ 9:53 pm

  2. Steve, nice to meet you this week. Loved your interpretation of Deut 32. I look forward to ministry together.

    Comment by Meredith — July 13, 2008 @ 8:32 am

  3. thanks meredith. hope you’re settling in goes well and that the cross-culture moments are never too jarring


    Comment by steve — July 13, 2008 @ 6:24 pm

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