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May 23, 2020

“Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel; and whose power is in the skies. Awesome is God in his sanctuary, the God of Israel; he gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!” Psalm 68:34-35

What a beautiful morning in Oak Park! The rain looks to be returning later today, but this morning I sat outside on the deck with Erika and the kids, drinking coffee and eating breakfast under a blue sky. I couldn’t help but feel grateful to God for creating such a day as this. The closing verses from tomorrow’s psalm came to mind. God’s power is in the skies and we were sitting in God’s sanctuary.

There continues to be much talk about when and how churches should open. Well, first of all, we haven’t been closed! The people of Grace are finding powerful ways to be the church. Still, the conversation about when to begin gathering for worship is an important one. At Grace, we will not do so in groups of more than ten until it is safe to do so. And that is not likely to be anytime soon.

This reality brings sorrow. We yearn to be together. We were made to be in community. We have come to trust Grace as a place where we can find grace, centered in Word and sacrament. Our return to Grace’s sanctuary will be a joyous occasion!

And yet, God’s power is in the skies. God’s sanctuary is all of creation. God is present with us now. Here. Today.

In God’s presence we discover the strength to wait. To wait until safety, science, and prudence tell us that we can gather in large groups. Until such a time arrives, the best way we can live out our Christian vocation to care for our neighbor is to be apart from one another. We create sanctuary for the vulnerable by continuing our current practices.

Our separation, however, is only physical. If all creation is God’s sanctuary, we’re already gathered together in God’s presence.

Enjoy this day in the Lord’s sanctuary!

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of creation, you power fills the skies. Your presence permeates all places and times. Thank you for the gift of today, and for the promise to be with us wherever we are. Grant us patience and wisdom. Turn our hearts in love to our neighbors. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: The view from my front steps, five minutes ago.

From → COVID-19

One Comment
  1. Sandra Lentz permalink

    Dave thank you for being steadfast in protecting us, even as we yearn to be together again. Flouting the recommendations of knowledgeable scientist serves no one. Sandy

    Sent from my iPad


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