Ezekiel 36:8-15; Luke 24:44-53; Psalm 130
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in God’s word I put my hope. Psalm 130, vs 5 When I left for college, I imagined a semi-permanent move. Who I was at 17 needed a relocation. My final weeks of college and early transition months included three sudden deaths, an engagement, a broken engagement, a wedding, a birth, a move, a job, more than one hospitalization, emerging and lasting responsibilities. Amidst that unraveling I found my life planted in a community and place I had intentionally left. I found that there was work I couldn’t do from anywhere else, internal work, relational work, bodily work.
When I hear the psalmist write, “my whole being waits”, I know what that feels like. I know the faith that circumstances and timing refine, and have refined in me. These Scriptures tell us of a God who is sovereign, a God who allows suffering, and a God who is ultimately moved to redeem and gather the entire world back to wellbeing. These Scriptures point to Jesus blessing the whole world, even as he ascends. Beyond saying that there is a season for everything, this Scripture says only that there is everything. There is great joy, there are tremendous losses, there are inheritances, there is refuge, there is a future, there is all that has been promised. When we remember that we are witnesses to Jesus, we must remember that we have been offered everything that Jesus can experience. Internally. Relationally. Bodily.
Holy One, you have often spoken more plainly to us that we confess. You have many times named exactly what we can expect, and that has been hard to bear. Enable us to receive the good gift of our faith formation, and the places we must return to where that will occur. Embed in us the memory of your promises, and your essence, and our own.