Today's Lectionary Text
Lord, you have been our dwelling place
You turn us back to dust,
You sweep them away; they are like a dream,
For we are consumed by your anger;
For all our days pass away under your wrath;
Who considers the power of your anger?
Turn, O Lord! How long?
Several thousand years ago, a Hebrew writer spoke to the creator God he knew. He was aware of “mountains,” “the earth” and “the world.” We know of many galaxies, light years to measure distance and Hubbell telescope discoveries. But our God is still the Creator of it all.
However, God is not, for me, the anger and wrath that causes pain, suffering and death for us. The source of evil lies somewhere else.
But “everlasting love” joins me again with the long-ago Hebrew. And with John much later who wrote “God is love.” And with the Hebrew Jesus who taught, healed, died loving and lived again. When I was a baby, child and youth, I was tended, clothed, fed, given chores and supervised. I was loved. I think the love of God is like that. Preaching a last sermon recently, I had a vision. I saw in my head a pleased, smiling face alone with only bright light in the scene around me. I think that vision was my life with God— me and the love God is.
That love is all around us and in us, the best possibility for each and all. I see it in the caring center that cares for a woman who has had schizophrenia for over 50 years, in trained medical workers arriving in Liberia for the Ebola crisis, in every hospital anywhere, in local parents loving children. It is here when a doctor sets a broken leg and when a church creates a school. And we can let it be in us — for the healing of the world.
The “everlasting to everlasting” of the Hebrew is the God of love we talk to too.
-Rev. LaRoy Seaver (Retired)
Prayer for Reflection
“Everlasting love” of the ancient Hebrew, “father” for Jesus, “love” for John break through our self-protections this Advent season and live in us, for the saving of the world you created and love. Amen
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