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Time Travel (or Something)

December 17, 2020

“There is hope for your future, says the Lord.” Jeremiah 31:17a

I laughed a bit this morning when I read the Daily Texts. Why? Because I travelled to the future last night! As you may know, we had some unresolvable technical difficulties and were unable to livestream Advent Evening Prayer (I’m so sorry this happens from time to time; for what it’s worth, when you’re feeling frustrated at home, we’re feeling frustrated at Grace). We decided to record the service so that we could share it later, and that’s just what we did. So, at 7:00 Pastor Costello played a beautiful prelude and then I stood up to make announcements. It may seem like a small thing, but it struck me as odd that other than the handful of people in the building with me, no one was hearing me speak the words as I said them. These words would only be heard in the future, by which point the moment would be long past for me.

Ok, this is a bit silly. It reinforced for me, however, just how disconnected we are during this pandemic. We are not only separated in space; we are dislocated in time. While I rejoice in the technology that helps us circumvent these challenges, I simply cannot stop yearning to be with other people in the same time and place.

But there is hope for the future! Why? Because in a sense it has already happened. The promises of God, sealed and secured through the birth, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, have guaranteed our future. So much so, in fact, that God’s future is not simply something to which we are moving; it is coming to us with grace.

Well, maybe this is all a bit weird for a Thursday morning. Still we say: Come, Lord Jesus! Bring hope from the future into the present of today.

Oh, and if anyone has a flux capacitor, I think Grace could use one.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God, your reign of love is unbounded by time or space. In Christ, you are all in all. As we live in this season of Advent, open our heart to see Jesus. Bind us together, Lord, in the promises of comfort and hope. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Travel back in time to see these little guys on Christmas Eve, 2014. Sweater vests!

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