HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
A Daily Dose of Good News
Monday, May 18, 2020
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Hey Everybody! It is umm… what day is it? It is the 18th of May and our Daily Dose of Good News is from Genesis 9:8-17. I’m thrilled to share this with you and I love that we have a rainy day for it. Alright! Here we go:
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. 11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
Here ends the reading.
When I read this, I thought about how that might be hard for Noah to believe. After his reality of 40 days and 40 nights of rain all the time, to think that there’s going to be something different and that God promises something different, might be hard to comprehend and believe. So, I love that God gives just a tangible sign- this rainbow. Which in some ways, is an interesting image because it’s this faint- you have to look to see it- promise. That “I have a covenant with you. I have a relationship with you. And that’s not just with you, but for future generations”. And, it is an awesome promise of God! I think about how with Noah, he’s coming out of the ark, out of his 40 day retreat, into this new promise from God. This covenant.
And I think about how we’re coming out of our own individual arks. Our own individual residences as this shelter in place lifts, and we come back out into the world, and how God is there with us and there’s a covenant with us, with God. A covenant of: “I will be with you always and I am in relationship with you and with future generations”. And the promise that “never again will this be something that destroys the earth”. I think that feels good to hear right now.
And I’m going to share with you a little personal story this morning…. I have my own rainbow moment that you all get to embrace with me. Some of you may have heard my sermon in October, some of you may not have, because it was “Marathon Sunday” and I know that’s not a very heavily attended service. But in that service, I referenced that there have been difficulties in my marriage. So, some of you may be familiar with that already. Some of you may feel like that is new information. But, as that process of working on my marriage has continued, that has led, eventually, to a dissolution. I’m at the beginning stages of that. It’s been difficult and it’s been a time period of being in my own ark, with the rain falling. And the idea of God promising something different and something good, is something that I hold on to with both hands.
For me, the rainbow moment was: I have sold our house here, and I have been looking for a house closer to the kids’ school, for me and for them. I found two great possibilities yesterday. The smaller option of the two, feels like this lovely, little nest. My rainbow moment, my visible, tangible moment of knowing God’s covenant with me, personally, even in that moment: was coming up the stairs, getting to the second floor, and seeing a prayer on the wall- that is a prayer I have said over and over and over and over, for the past year and a half. It’s my rainbow moment of God reminding me: “I’m going to take care of you and future generations” and it is awesome!
So, I put an offer in on that house this morning. Trusting that rainbow promise, that covenant with God. And it just got accepted! So I have a house! I have a place to live and I’m so excited! And I love that I can share that with you as my personal Daily Dose of Good News and my encouragement to you of God has covenant and promise for all of us! Not just for me but for all of us! And that’s real and we can rest in it and know that God takes care of us- even in times which are difficult, and that God has good for us, going ahead. So I’m so excited I could share that with you! I’m so excited to have a house- oh my gosh- I’m thrilled! Alright! I love you all. See you later. Have a great day. Bye-bye.