Who is like the Lord our God,
the One who sits enthroned on high,
who stoops down to look
on the heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes,
with the princes of his people.
Reflection: He Stoops to Raise
By John Tillman
Christ’s entire life could be understood as a process of descending and ascending. From highest Heaven, to a manger. From honored teacher, to lowly footwasher. From worshiped Messiah and king, to cursed and crucified Lamb of God. He goes from the highest place, to the lowest place. And then, he ascends.
He Stoops to Raise
He strips himself.
He lays aside
He lowers himself
Steps down, descends
He sinks, He digs
He slides, Prostrates
And then he lifts
His eyes, His face
With him we rise
Gripped in His hand
No more to die
Held by His side
Then he returns
All things in place
He then ascends
His throne above
Prayer: The Short Verse
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty. — Revelation 1.8
– From The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime by Phyllis Tickle.
Deuteronomy 23 (Listen – 3:10)
Psalm 112-113 (Listen – 1:49)
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