Terry and I took a little road trip over to Utah to the Canyonlands. We had a nice time and the weather was beautiful. We saw lots of rock. Rock formations. Rocks piled up high. Rocks falling down (possibly thousands of years ago.) Rock arches. Rock bridges. Rock shapes. Slick rock. Different colors of rock. Varieties of rock. It’s incredible and awesome.
The reason the rocks can be so beautiful is because of what has happened to them over time. Water, wind and erosion whittle away at the rock and cool things appear.
It got me to thinking…what are the things that are like water, wind and erosion that whittle us away? The things that change us and yet feel painful and cause suffering. We (I) don’t like that. But is that where our true beauty comes from?
The prophet Isaiah writes these words of God:
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:1-3
No matter what we’re going through, God is with us. Praise the Lord!
Be there tomorrow at 10:00 am for worship with our special guest Rev. Dr. Larron Jackson. You can join the stream for pre-worship stuff about 9:45 and everything goes live at 10. The Spirit connects us and makes us community from each of our sacred spaces.
Grace be with you,