SERMON SHORT FOR MAY 17th, 2020
Exile: yeah, we wept
Psalm 80: Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
The world of Covid19 is different than the world we enjoyed and celebrated just a few months ago. We are in the midst of a pandemic that is reshaping our lives and putting our whole culture, way of life, world out of joint.
Add to this chaos the worry of what will be next. What will we need to accommodate and accept once Covid19 is vanquished and our lives settle to new normal? I don’t have answers. But I do have hope.
This is the sort of thing that humans have experienced so often in our pilgrimage toward God. We just haven’t needed to address it for so long it’s as though it is entirely new and foreign and scary. But we have wisdom and spirit from our ancestors that will empower us to face this day, and the days to come.
God does not create exile as punishment and retribution. But exile happens. And every time it happens God sees us through and God’s people are better for the world they create after.