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A Postmodern Coat of Crayola Colors Mark 4:35-41 2

Does our faith enable us to face forward in life - or do our doubts and fears keep us looking backwards over our shoulders, expecting the worst to befall us? This week we consider what message we send to the world when our faith is so fragile that we cannot even trust God to be with us.

Like the disciples, sadly we, too, lack a daily trust in God's continued presence in our lives. Despite the fact that we are supposedly a Pentecost people, living with the knowledge of the resurrected and risen Christ's reconciling power, we still twitch and tremble at the sign of even the slightest ripples. Frightened of what might befall us if we would undertake any large ventures or attempt any distant crossings, we content ourselves with playing at activism in tiny mud puddle issues.

In the summer of 1990 Binney & Smith, the makers of Crayola crayons, retired eight colors from their 64 crayon box and replaced them with eight brighter, bolder colors. The colors inducted in the Crayola Hall of Fame include raw umber, maize, lemon yellow, blue gray, violet blue, green blue, orange red and orange yellow. The new shades introduced include such postmodern colors as Cerulean, Vivid Tangerine, Royal Purple, Teal Blue, Fuchsia, Jungle Green, Dandelion, and Wild Strawberry.


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