We can’t meet face-to-face right now, but we can share and encourage one another electronically. Check in midweek each Wednesday as people share their favorite scripture passage and why it speaks to them in this uncertain time.
A Midweek Meditation from Deacon David Glover on Psalm 33: 13-22
13 The Lord looks down from heaven;
he sees all humankind.
14 From where he sits enthroned he watches
all the inhabitants of the earth—
15 he who fashions the hearts of them all,
and observes all their deeds.
16 A king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
17 The war horse is a vain hope for victory,
and by its great might it cannot save.
18 Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
19 to deliver their soul from death,
and to keep them alive in famine.
20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and shield.
21 Our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.
This is one of the great hymnic passages of hope found in the scriptures. It does not say that because I have seen this great specific deed done I know that God will redeem me. What it does say is that despite all of the powers that are assailing me, and all of the fears that I feel because these things are happening to me, that I am hope-filled because God is present with me always.
In this time of uncertainty, when almost every part of our daily lives has changed, God is present with us. With this continuous grounding in God’s love, we can move and act—if not without fear then despite that fear—to be present to and with those who are around us (whether that is in virtual, physical, emotional, or spiritual space), showing them what it means to live in the hope of God.
In this time of year, as Lent turns towards Easter, I also see this sentiment in the hymn “Signs and Wonders” written by Susan Palo Cherwien (ELW #672):
Signs and wonders lead the dancing from the heart God frees from fear:
wings of angels greet the maiden, and God finds a dwelling here:
boldly may we lift our hands, bow the head, and voice Amen;
thus does glory shine at midnight: open hearts invite the starlight.
Hope and freedom join the circle: Mary to the garden came,
saw the radiance of the marvel, heard the Risen call her name;
boldly may we heed Christ’s call, step beyond the garden wall:
beautiful the feet proceeding with good news of death’s defeating.
Cast aside all fear and hiding; hand in hand we dance the round.
God is with us, Christ abiding, and the Spirit’s gifts abound.
Called by God to holiness, let us boldly serve and bless;
and to hearts that sigh and hunger may our lives dance signs and wonders.