Today's Lectionary Text
But now thus says the Lord,
I drove north from my home in Lincoln this Sunday to take my son to his soccer game about 65 miles away. We found ourselves on a detour when we discovered the normal route had been washed out by the flood waters a few weeks ago. As we drove into town -- still in recovery -- my teenage son was quieted by the large still-standing bodies of water in parks and lowlands, a lot full of saturated cars in impound, and the sight of the field house by his soccer fields converted into a temporary shelter and resource center.
There was no doubt. The river had overwhelmed indeed.
This text had been sitting in my mind for weeks as I watched the pictures of ravaged farmland, breathless animals, and stunned Nebraskans. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.”
Sigh. That reality stings.
The journey through this world cannot be without woe, heartbreak, and -- yes -- even desolation. “On earth as it is in heaven” is upon us for sure, but the battle between creation and destruction is still going on here in the realm of air, wind, flesh, and water. The promise is that we are never alone. The promise is that destruction will not have the final word.
Whether we bring that destruction about ourselves through our egos, our failings, our shame or whether we watch seemingly helpless as a child’s health fails, a business goes under, a calling fades away - we live in a reality that is greater than all of these. The reality -- even as we feel the water creep -- is that we are known. We are called. And we cannot be lost or ripped away from the love of God.
Take a deep breath and rest in that promise.
And then take another. How can you carry the presence of GOD to someone for whom the water is threatening to overwhelm?
You are known. You are loved. You are called.
Spiritual Life and Discipleship Director
Trinity United Methodist Church
Prayer for Reflection
God of renewal hold us close when the forces of destruction seek to level us. Call us by name when our shame and our fear call us something different. We lean into your unfailing love.
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