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To the End

August 27, 2020

“For it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the people through whom we passed.” Joshua 24:17

“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b

This morning, Hurricane Laura batters the Gulf Coast. We are still reeling from the police shooting of Jacob Blake and the vigilante violence that unfolded in Kenosha. And the coronavirus pandemic that has killed 180,000 Americans isn’t going away any time soon.

I included both passages from the Daily Texts today because they frame our living. God is the One who was with us, who saved the people from Egypt. And God is the One who is and will be with us, even to the end of the age. The challenges and difficulties we face are bracketed by the promises of Jesus Christ. We are not alone. These things are not the end.

We live in the middle. The promises of Christ, past and future, strengthen us to do God’s work now. Not only was God with the people; God moved them from slavery to freedom. Not only is Christ with the people; he saves us from sin and death. The presence of God is not only comforting; it is liberating. Christ sets us free. Let us work for freedom today, responding with grace, mercy, courage, and love to each challenge set before us.

Black lives matter.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of past, present, and future, we thank you for the ways you have worked in our lives. We trust that you will do the same in the days to come. Give us courage to work for justice and peace, restoring hope and freedom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: A satellite image of Hurricane Laura (NOAA).

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