To be honest, it's also a theme that I really need to hear this week in particular. This week has been marked by news of incredible pain and by watching people I care about both personally and as their pastor deal with that pain. Illness, disease, loss, struggle with addictions. These have been the warp and woof of this week's tapestry.
I need to be reminded that God cares enough about all of this to become directly and intimately involved in it. We are moving toward the cross. To that place where God's vulnerability will make its most dramatic and risky stand. This is where God is going to take on God's own Self the task of making things right. Of taking on Sin and Death....not just as incidents in our lives, but as Powers that seek to run the show. Powers that Jesus, and we, encounter in the form of cancer, of tumors and seizures in children, of addictions that take over the lives of entire families.
I need to be reminded that while I am part of the story....am privileged to be part of the story....it is God's Story....the story of God rescuing a good creation from all that has gone wrong. A story that begins with that Good Creation and will end with the New Creation when heaven and earth are joined, finally, in God's triumph.
At the 'hinge,' the fulcrum of that story is the Cross/Resurrection Event. They cannot be separated. A cross without a real resurrection is just another sad revolution crushed by Empire. A resurrection without a cross is leaves us out of the story as failures dumped by the side of the road-unable to do what we were created to do and be. The two of them together offer us incredible Hope.
It is that Hope; Hope rooted in a Vulnerable God that lets me go forward. Often staggering, sometimes falling. But moving forward in hopeful trust that whenever I stand by a sick bed, sit with an addict, comfort a child....God is there way before me: vulnerable, intimate, sharing it all.
Thanks Be To God