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nathan f. elmore

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Ramadan Renderings/Day 21

I am a Christian pastor who works as a collegiate minister with the Virginia Baptists at Virginia Commonwealth University. One of my areas of vocational interest and spiritual work is Christian-Muslim relations, including text-centered dialogues or conversations. During Ramadan 2011, I read through the entire Qur'an, in English, via Tarif Khalidi's 2008 translation (Penguin Books). What follows is a personal, meditative rendering of the Qur'an portion of the day. This rendering is devotional in nature, not scholarly. And it comes in the form of textual observations, spiritual reflections, theological questions or poetic responses.

 

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Day 21 || Reading: Qur'an 29:46 - 33:30

 

Rendering from Qur'an 31:22

http://quran.com/31/22

 

To surrender one's face is to surrender one's person. Why would our Creator expect anything less?

Surrendering and acting righteously is mostly in our hands. And I love the image in this singular scripture verse of the one who surrenders and acts righteously as the one who finds "a handle most secure" (Khalidi translation). God knows, there are some very slippery handles out there.

Of course, notwithstanding what is left to our hands, it is then said that everything is in His hands. Do you find this easy or hard to believe?

 

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