How Long, O Lord?

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On Tuesday evening, after news of the killings at the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, I was helping my son with bath time. He has a new set of swimming goggles that he was trying out, dipping his head under the water and looking around, filled with wonder. While he was on his “scuba expedition,” I made a brief post on Facebook:

My five year old is playing in the bathtub right now - blissfully oblivious to the horrors that are all-too-possible in this broken world. I pray that his childhood innocence may never be shattered like the innocence of those children in Texas today. Some might say my prayer is naïve, but I will not give up hope - a hope borne of faith in the One who is bringing a better world through the loving actions of those who are willing to work for what is right. May none of us give up… ever. Lord, in your mercy…

“How long, O Lord?” the Psalmist asks in Psalm 13, in a poem that begins in anguish but ends with praise. . .

May we trust that it is okay to be impatient for God to make things right. May we trust that our efforts to make things right come from the Holy Spirit, at work in us and through us for the building of God’s kingdom of peace, and love, and justice. And may we trust that, in the end, our hearts - broken though they may be - will rejoice. See you in church. . .

Grace and Peace,

John


Prepare for Worship this week:  What Will You Do? (The Next Right / Most Difficult Thing)