“Make me know your ways, O Lord…Lead me in your truth” Ps 25: 4ff
Last week, one of the church staff members declared, “There is nothing funny left in the world.” His comments were in reference to the multitude of Facebook posts, news stories and other internet feeds, which all seem to be angry or confrontational. Even videos intended to be cute, like cat videos, can be met with scorn.
Saturday morning, I took time to catch up on the news by visiting a variety of sources. It only took a few minutes for me to become angry and wanting to take vengeance out on someone, anyone. Worst of all, it left me battling an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. Is there anything good left in the world?
Today the psalmist writes, “Make me know your ways, O Lord… lead me in your truth.” Never have these words been more needed. In today’s world, we are left to search for the truth through a myriad of fake news stories and opinion pieces disguised as investigative journalism. We let our leanings and frustrations pull us into polarizing positions.
Truth is difficult to discover no matter what the culture you live in. However, I know these things to be true. One, no conflict ever got solved by name calling and accusations. This is true of junior high fights as well as political protests. Two, no one knows the future. People who have effectively predicted it in the past have been more lucky than wise. Three, the world is not hopeless. It may seem fractured and desperate, but God is in the midst of it all.
Maybe the world is not falling apart, but calling us out of passivity. Calling all of us to start building community instead of trying to tear it apart. Inviting us to give up on this silly notion were isolated and alone. Helping us to remember, we do not come to God, but God comes to us. God comes to us with mercy, love and forgiveness. All the tools necessary for community and hope.
Click to read: Psalm 25: 4-9
Reflection Questions: What do find most drains your spirit of joy? Where do you feel seduced not hopelessness? Informed by faith, how can you move from passivity to activity to build community – locally and politically? What does it mean for you that God dwells with us?
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