HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
A Daily Dose of Good News
Thursday, April 16, 2020
OK … You’re gonna get a double dose of good news today:
Thursday, April 16, 2020.
I’m actually gonna make an exception to the
Lutheran ways of reading the Bible.
Namely, God’s Word is always capable
Of living and standing on its own without introduction.
Today, though, I’m gonna acknowledge
the primacy of God’s Word that way
And beg dispensation for a few comments
To help appreciate how these passages inform each other.
The first passage is among the most erotic of scripture.
Our relationship with God described as a love story
In the Song of Solomon.
In addition to the themes of love throughout
Are also the images of new growth breaking forth in the Spring.
God’s promises of life and love are just as persistent as that.
Signs of spring are all around us.
New leaves growing on tree branches
Grass growing long enough to mow
Daffodils breaking through the ground.
I remember Governor DeWine offering that image
At the conclusion of an early press conference.
Drawing attention to the daffodils springing up in his yard
As a sure sign to him of the renewal
We will experience at the end of this COVID emergency.
And if there is an emergent power as strong or stronger than spring
It is the longing and young love between two people.
Aint’ no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough, Marvin Gaye once sang.
Love that will not be denied.
Such is the love of God on display at Easter time
Breaking through the lifeless ground
With life and love that not even death can deny.
That is the nature of God’s relationship with us.
Even into the context of our second lesson.
There are no confines that will repel our God.
Not the prison of Paul’s keeping for preaching the gospel
Not the sheltering in our day for the well-being with others.
Letters and visitors for Paul
During our sheltering: cards, calls, Zoom worship and meetings,
Even a social distance walk with friends or family
God is gonna find a way to get in with life and love.
And God’s gonna use you to get in where you are empowered to do so as well.
Hear to the Word of God:
The voice of my beloved!
Look, he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Look, there he stands behind our wall,
gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattice.
My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away;
for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the covert of the cliff,
let me see your face, let me hear your voice;
for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
Catch us the foxes, the little foxes,
that ruin the vineyards—for our vineyards are in blossom.”
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, so that I may reveal it clearly, as I should. Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time.