A Daily Dose of Good News
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Pastor Steve’s devotion is offered at https://youtu.be/i6GfGWszCOo
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Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders,
The Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning.
The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!” The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
The Lord is enthroned as King forever.
The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Resilience Amid Turmoil
The halls, which for nearly 250 years now,
Has housed the longest continuous democracy on earth
Were unlawfully breached yesterday.
And images of the event broadcast throughout the day were
Horrifying … disorienting … enraging … embarrassing … sad.
My thoughts and prayer took me
To those who through the years
Have risked some much for the sake of that democracy
Especially those who have sacrificed all.
To all the other democracies around the world
Which look to our American democracy
As the mast to which their own is tethered.
To those old and young throughout the country
Gathered around screens to watch coming to grips with
the fragility of democracy we’ve long deemed secure …
The vulnerability which accompanies our mistrust and hatred of others …
And the bewilderment about what anyone …
What we are going to do about it.
And all those impressions were magnified, for me,
By all the images of mistrust and hatred we’ve witnessed on our screens recently
From the State Capitol of Michigan, Kenosha, Portland, Louisville, Minneapolis
Earlier in DC and right here in Columbus.
In that sense, I must admit
That I did not find the events of yesterday to be surprising.
And yet, upsetting as they are,
Neither do I find those images decimating either … because
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.
And we know that promise has been kept
In Jesus’ life of resilient self-giving love
Through every opportunity and confrontation
All of the tumult up to and through his death
Until now his resilient self-giving love reigns supreme.
So while our hearts may weep now for the shaken condition of our democracy
And rightfully so …
And we may pray for it to survive and thrive again for another 250 years and more
And rightfully so …
We may also demonstrate resilience.
Resilience like that of the legislators who came back
and completed their work by 3:41 this morning.
And we may do so with confidence that the Lord’s resilience
will always meet and exceed our own along the way.
As the Apostle Paul declares
in his letter to the church living in the tumult of Rome:
What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31-35, 37-39)