Today's Lectionary Text
Sing to the Lord a new song,
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
All of the scriptures in today’s readings speak of God wiping away the familiar and rejoicing in a new thing. It reminds me of a discussion in Disciple class about how we really feel about the promise that Jesus will come again. When Christ returns, all that is familiar will be wiped away. Are we really looking forward to that day?
At the last Connecting Council meeting, one of our youth representatives quoted (I’m afraid I don’t remember the source and this quote is approximate) “We are not afraid of change. We are afraid of what we know coming to an end.” As Christians living in the United States, we have led a pretty comfortable life. We can attend church without fear of reprisal and speak about our faith openly. Most of the world doesn’t enjoy that freedom. Most of us have comfortable homes, clean water and plenty of food. Do we really long for Christ’s return or are we afraid of what we know coming to an end?
The same is true of our denomination. Many of us grew up in the United Methodist Church and it’s hard to think of the loss of what is familiar. And yet, all through the scriptures God has wiped away and rebuilt, wiped away and rebuilt. Why would we think we would experience anything different?
In the coming days, I hope we can see the promise of God to make a new thing and we will continue to sing His praises, even as we struggle with the loss of the familiar.
-Mary L Brooks
Five Rivers Lay Leader & LSM Director
Prayer for Reflection
Creator God, be patient with us as we mourn the loss of what we know. Help us to look forward to the new thing you are creating and encourage us to sing through it all. Amen.
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