When the Bubble Bursts

In News by Grace Avenue

October 8-29

We spend endless amounts of time, energy and resources on protection: protecting our homes, protecting our communities, protecting our country, etc. This can often lead to a dangerous illusion that we live in a protective bubble that cannot be affected by a tragic occurrence. We witness a mass shooting or a catastrophic natural disaster and think: “This could never happen to us.” Then one day, the bubble bursts. We come to the realization that we are not as protected and self-sufficient as we thought we were.
The Wisdom Literature of the Hebrew Bible is brutally honest. The writers (Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Psalms) do not speculate “if” the bubble will burst. They describe what occurs “when” the bubble bursts. Through it all they proclaim a message of ultimate hope where our dependency on God far outweighs our ability to ensure (and insure) that we will never face tragedy.
In this series, we will examine some of
the most common illusions in our culture. They are illusions that lead us to false assumptions about what we believe and how we behave as God’s representatives in the world. They are illusions that lead to a lack of resiliency. They are illusions that cause us to be fragile or rigid. Instead, God calls us, like Jesus, to share and abide in the brokenness of the world. It is here that God’s work of redemption and reconciliation most readily occurs.


October 8

The Illusion of Certainty
Proverbs 3:5 - 8


October 15

The Illusion of Self- Sufficiency
Job 38:1 - 11


October 22

The Illusion of Perfection
Ecclesiastes 1:1 - 11


October 29

The Illusion of Neutrality
Psalm 1

RESOURCES 

A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster
by: Rebecca Solnit

The Lives We Actually Have: 100 Blessings for Imperfect Days
by: Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie

Jesus and John Wayne
by: Kristin Kobes Du Mez

The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires our Trust More than our “Correct” Beliefs
by: Peter Enns

How to Love a Country
Poems by Richard Blanco

Another Way: Living and Leading Change
by: Stephen Lewis, Matthew Wesley Williams & Dori Baker

A New Religious America: How a “Christian Country” Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation
by: Diana Eck

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
by: Richard Rohr

Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted
by: Suleika Jaouad