One of my favorite hymns is “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” “Mine eyes have seen the glory” as “His Truth is marching on.” Psalm 119 also declares “Your word, Lord, is eternal.”
Today’s world, filled with natural disasters (some not so natural), war, famine, hatred and bigotry, it is sometimes easy to forget who really is our Commander. His Truth has survived the onslaught of our enemies and continues to work through the Holy Spirit to share God’s love with all the world. “He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.”
I especially enjoy the 119th Psalm because it includes the family (all generations) in the proclamation of God’s love for all peoples as well as all the earth. “His Truth is marching on.” And in Luke the 4th Chapter, Jesus declares his devotion to His mission. Knowing the Nazarenes want to kill Him, Jesus still affirms His determination to continue to share the Words of God’s love with all that will listen to him.
We must confirm that whatever happens is St. Louis in February, God still loves each of us. The church will survive, perhaps with some changes, but I am confident that God’s love and word will prevail for:
“Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
you established the earth, and it endures.”
-Mary Feit, CLSP, Great Plains Conference, director of Lay Servant Ministries
Prayer for Reflection
Great God, remind us of your love and faithfulness as we face the challenges of today. Guide our lives to fulfill your plan for our lives, our communities and our church. Make is so.