Salvation is Magical (Day 3, Friday)

February 16, 2021, By: Jimmy Scruggs

Starter Prayer: God of effortless rising: Give us boundless energy to break the yoke of oppression, again and again. Holy Spirit, move in us, “pushing back, spinning out and rising.”

Focus Phrase: Salvation is magical.

Today’s scripture passage is as good as Bible poetry gets. And the artist, Hannah Garrity presents a glorious commentary on her mixed media piece, “Dawn” as inspired by Isaiah’s report of God’s words.

Here’s a snippet from Isaiah: Break the yoke of oppression… Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly.

And a quote from Hannah: Fighting oppression in real life is a constant exercise in finding the magic in a moment.

Be rewarded in your practice,

Katie Martinez


  • Read pp. 5-6 in the devotional, Again & Again. The link is in every Journey email. If you’re not getting those, register here.
  • Read Isaiah 58:1-12.
  • Questions for journaling and spiritual conversation:
    • What oppressions are you fighting in your life or the life of the community?
    • What magical moments of rising have you seen?
    • How does Isaiah’s prediction of God’s power in the struggle make you feel?
  • How can you keep the Focus Word or Starter Prayer with you today?


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This is part of Again & Again: Journey of Lent 2021 with Crossroads Church. The theme, devotional booklet, poetry and art is the work of the creative community of theologians and artists at A Sanctified Art. Crossroads is grateful for this resource!