God, your people have long imagined, discerned, and wondered about who you are and how you interact with us and our world. Our stories probe and interpret, but when we get right down to it, your ways are mysterious. We can’t know.
Our ancestors in faith also investigated and heard who you are. Sometimes your message was delivered by angels. Curious, strange, sometimes gentle, sometimes brutal angels. Now we have had our lives upended. A virus, so tiny it can hang in the air, threatens our health and well-being.
Both the virus and the climate have laid bare the deep inequities in our social enterprise. In times like these, we may hope for a miracle, that some angel might come and straighten it all out. We would like to avoid the hard work of repentance and reconciliation if we can. God’s mercy is endless; God’s justice is a bulwark for us all. Is that you, God? Are you calling us to hear and follow?
This message is an excerpt from “Amen: Messages” by Catherine Malotky in the January/February 2021 issue of Gather magazine.
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