Monday, February 22, 2021

Rainbow Elements


Please forgive my tardiness this week.

2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10 - Epistle on Ash Wednesday

So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, “At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.” See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

…Hearing these words on Ash Wednesday I reflected back on all that has happened over the past 11 months, since I started this weekly blog ritual.  Some might call this my covid project.  I was struck, yet again, by the opposites.  They gave me a grounding to continue. Continue both with this blog and with this life. The past few month have been something of my own personal lent, and although it is not over, I do see the slightest bit of light. This light gives me hope. Much as light did for God in the passage from this first Sunday in Lent...

Genesis 9:8-17

God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

…God made a Covenant written in light shining through water to all the earth. All elements: Water, Air vapor, Earth, Light Fire, and Space are present in this one story of promise to this planet. It is this promise that gets me through each day, especially the hard ones. It is this promise, this rainbow of light at the end of the tunnel, that helps me to understand that we will survive our personal lent or covid or loss. God doesn't promise us an unchanged world, but God promises only to not destroy the world. So, into the great unknown future we are sent, to lent and beyond.


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