WEDNESDAY WOES March 25, 2020
It was a frustrating morning. Among other things I was fielding calls from folks whose problems I could not solve. And then, as I was beginning to write these words, my computer added to insult to injury by deciding to crash!
I was intending to share a few thoughts around these words from the suggested Psalter reading (selected verses from Psalm 145) for today:
God is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
God is good to all,
and God’s compassion is over all God’s creation.
God is faithful in every word,
and gracious in every deed.
God upholds all who are falling,
and raises up all who are bowed down.
In every way God is just,
and kind in every action.
God is near to all who call,
to all who call on God in truth.
And I was in the mood to say, “Really, God? How are we supposed to believe that in the midst of the mess we are experiencing now?” But then I realized words like this are in scripture because they have been handed down by generations who have found them useful and true in situations as dire as anything we have experienced. Poverty and oppression, death from war and plague and accidents from which today most of us would recover.
So I wonder, how does it work? I suspect our prayers and hope and faith in the goodness of God do not so much change our circumstances as they change us. They give us hope and courage to carry on and do the best that we can in the circumstances in which we find ourselves. After all, what is the alternative? To just throw in the towel and give up? As Paul wrote in his letter to the Galatians (6:90, “And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Carry on my friends, doing what you can to make things a little better for others, even if that is as simple as a card or a call or just staying in to minimize the risk of making them sick!
Grace and peace to you all.