We are perhaps inclined to think of prophets as having a flare for the dramatic. Fire and brimstone, proclaiming repentance, judgement, the coming of the kingdom…
But in truth, the work of a prophet has far less to do with sudden flashes of inspiration, and far more to do with steadfast faithfulness. Proclaiming God’s word, in season and out. Standing by what we hear from God, in the face doubts – internal and external.
And I wonder how that reframes the question of who we regard as prophets in our own time? When we look for prophets in our midst, do we look for the loud voices, the original ideas, the next big thing? Or do we look for unstinting steadfastness, faithfulness day in and day out, enduring courage to speak truth to power?
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