The Inner Voice of Who Knows What

the pilgrimage: Henri Nouwen and my own topsy-turvy little heart


Prophecy is not merely prediction of what is to come. Prophets speak of a different way of life, an alternative to the present that we do not passively await, but actively pursue. The life that is prophesied is not just a thing to hope for, it is a thing to build now.

From Shane Claiborne’s The Irresistable Revolution – some eloquent and imaginative prophecy, rethinking the concept of conversion and presenting a new way of life, undeniably appropriate for our time…

“Then we will start to see some true conversion vans – vehicles that run on veggie oil instead of diesel. Then we will see some converted homes – fueled by renewable energy – and laundry machines powered by stationary bicycles and toilets flushed with dirty sink water. Then we will see tears converted to laughter as people beat their swords into plowshares and weld their machine guns into saxophones, and as police officers use their billy clubs to play baseball.”

It’s good to know that prophecy is not just for prophets. It speaks to everyone willing to hear it and consider something different.

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