Red Moon Rising by P. Greig and D. Roberts

redmoonrisingFour years ago a friend gave me a book about a 24-7 (24 hours, 7 days a week) prayer movement among the youth of UK and Europe. In was truly an inspiring book – propelling me on the journey to join a church planting team as well as providing the foundation for the tattoo gracing my left shoulder.

The book was called “Red Moon Rising” by Pete Greig and Dave Roverts – and I just finished re-reading after all these years – and thousands of changes.

To be honest, I was a tad scared to re-read the book. What if it wasn’t as good as I thought it was? What if I disagree with authors? What if……..What if………

Too many “what ifs…”.

So I did what any sensible person would do – I re-read it. 😛

And to my surprise, it was just as powerful as it was four years ago.

Why?

Well, to start with, “Red Moon Rising” is not a book about prayer. It is a story about what God DID and is DOING.

It is an action book about a move of God throughout the goth, punks, and outcast of Europe, Mexico, and the world (the 24-7 movement has spread to all 6 continents).

As I re-read the book, I found myself crying, praying, dismayed, challenged, and rejoicing – all at once and separately.

I don’t really know how else to describe it……..

Maybe this poem this help. It was forged in a prayer room located in Chichester, UK, be someone anonymous:

what have we begun,
when we pray like this?
what have we done?
can we ever know —
what seeds we sow
what lights we show
what dreams we throw?
here playing like kids
in danger places
atomic seeds
hidden graces
radiation
kingdom come.
what have we begun?
here we see angels,
burning like the sun.
here we juggle destinies
what is this thing we’ve done?
what army gets commissioned
kneeling in this way?
what passion finds expression
when wounded soldiers pray?
are nameless heroes rising?
tomorrow’s chosen ones
carriers of Jesus
what plague have we begun?
what dreamer writes upon the wall?
what wonders hem me in?
when we lit that three-way candle
what fires did we begun?

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