When I Fall, I Shall Rise

This meditation is based on a passage for April 27, 2011 in the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Micah 7:7-15

Reflection and Question: Such lovely prophetic poetry is perfect for Easter Week for it builds the bridge between the death and resurrection of Jesus, and our own falling and rising through the grace of God in Christ. For Christians, Jesus is the one who brings us out from the darkness and into the light which is also another way to envision the contrast between death and life. The image of the shepherd, a favorite of the prophets, connects the resurrected Jesus with the shepherd who became king, David. This also reminds us of the central experience of the Jews: being led out of Egypt. How has Jesus helped you rise?

Prayer: But me, I’m not giving up.
I’m sticking around to see what God will do.
I’m waiting for God to make things right.
I’m counting on God to listen to me.
(Micah 7:7, Eugene Peterson, The Message, p. 1680)