Let Us Not Despair

Do you ever just feel weary of it all? Burned-out, over-tired, light-deprived, and yearning for spring? It happens to us all; me, too. It’s on those days I turn to the Psalms [a good re-telling of them is, Psalms for Praying by Nan C. Merrill or the one quoted below].

“You are with us through all our bewilderments, through the impenetrable mystery of evil and pain, redeeming our wastes and our sorrows … Then we cry to you, O God, in our trouble, and you deliver us from our distress.” (Out of Silence: Prayer’s Daily Rounds by Jim Cotter and Paul Payton, Psalm 107, pg. 322)

The psalmists are good at naming lament, turning us toward and returning us to God, and leading us into gratitude. It’s quite interesting how much better I feel when I know I’m not alone especially when the world feels completely wrong. Or maybe it’s the church who doesn’t offer a sense of stability. In the midst of change, especially dramatic change, God calls us together.

The text for Sunday from the gospel according to Mark 1:29-39 talks about healing. Healing takes many forms; the scriptures give accounts of healing in body, in spirit, in mental health, in community, and in nations. In so many ways, God tends to God’s people! We see that healing is a process and always in process for those who seek God and are known by God’s love.

Let us not despair or become embittered; let us not lash out or spill over in mean-spiritedness. Our fears are known and understood by God who yearns for us to embrace each other ever closer in community. “Nothing can separate us from the love of God.” (Romans 8:39)

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