Last Sunday, we looked at the Parable of the Prodigal Son, a story of finding what had previously been lost. One that gives us a glimpse into the joys of heaven, and the joys of living in the Kingdom of God. It signifies a promise that God never gives up on us, loves us extravagantly, even wastefully, so that we need not fear turning toward God after a period of having turned away. It’s a rich story filled with hope and a call to faith.
While it promises us a faithful God, the story does not promise us a life without the feeling of loss. Some losses become crippling to us. They dry us out to the bone as the vision of Ezekiel looking at the valley of dry bones. How is it then that we can cope with so much loss in life – loss that takes our breath away?
Psalm 119 calls us to live and love God’s Holy Word and in verse 47 we are told that the psalmist finds “delight in [God’s] commandments because I love them”. Going on, he finds comfort in distress. He finds life-giving promise which helps him face all kinds of adversities and adversaries. We still live in a time of losses, but God’s Word is another sign that God will never abandon us and in fact is more palpably present for us in those times when our bones are dry.
What a precious gift we have that we can find hope in God’s Word. How have you found that hope facing times of loss?
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Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church (GA) in New York City has been chosen as one of eight internship congregations to participate this year in a church-wide initiative designed to increase our understanding of Holy Scripture and most importantly, to cultivate our engagement with it. In partnership with The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Vicar John Heidgerd will be working to develop innovative ways to deepen our faith formation and sense of discipleship for the sake of ourselves and our communities.