There are times in life where we would just as soon not get out of bed. We are consumed by grief or fear. We cry out like Job for God to hide us or take us or save us. Despair looms close by. In those times, as we’re looking to the hills wondering where we’ll find help, we need to be reminded that God keeps us. God keeps us in community when we want self-obsessed isolation. God gives us solitude when we want busy distraction. God provides a way out and reminds us that neither life nor death nor anything else can separate us from God’s loving embrace. Not now, not ever. God calls in transition; God calls right on time.
This excerpt is from the March 19, 2020, Cafe Faith Reflection “We are Claimed in the Wilderness” by Joy McDonald Coltvet. Today we commemorate missionaries John Christian Frederick Heyer, 1873; Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg, 1719 and Ludwig Nommensen, 1918. Today is the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
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