Groans and Sighs

It’s good to be together when it feels like the rest of the world is falling apart. Our beloved Oregon is burning, the southern coasts are ravaged by hurricanes and flooding, and vulnerable people everywhere are suffering. While it sometimes feels like the world is imploding, it’s a good reminder that we cannot control nature AND we must stop contributing to global climate change AND God hasn’t stopped loving us. Go figure!

In this Season of Creation during September we have been exploring what God needs from humanity – good stewardship, foremost; also repentance from our colonial-conquering ways and more deeply caring for those with the least.

Sunday, September 17th is Wilderness Sunday. We’ll welcome Kat Vann from Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative who will talk about the wilderness called homelessness and how Beacon is working to alleviate this suffering. Join us after worship to tie blankets for new Beacon residents.

Paul writes in his letter to the new church in Rome that creation is “groaning and sighing.” Paul hears the cries for help from his community and of creation, as do we. Like Paul we must live buoyed by hope in the conviction that the will of God, through the Spirit, is at work in all Creation “with sighs too deep for words”; especially when we can’t see it or understand it.

Prayer: We cry out to you in the wilderness, O God. We yearn to know your presence and to feel your grace. As your creation groans and sighs, draw us to you, that in the knowledge of your love, we may discover ways of transforming suffering into hope.

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