04 November 2020

IN TIMES OF AWAITING THE OUTCOME—A PERSPECTIVE




Song For the Waiting 

God of our life, through all the circling years,
we trust in you;
in all the past, through all our hopes and fears,
your hand we view.
With each new day, when morning lifts the veil,
we own your mercies, God, which never fail.

God of the past, our times are in your hand;
with us abide.
Lead us by faith, to hope's true Promised Land;
be now our guide.
With you to bless, the night-time shines as dawn,
and faith's fair vision changes into sight.

God of the coming years, thro' paths unknown
we follow you;
when we are strong, God, leave us not alone;
our faith renew.
Be now for us in life our daily bread,
our heart's true home when all our years have sped.


Psalm 90. 1-4
YHWH, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next.
Before the mountains were born, you brought forth the earth and the world;
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.You turn humankind back into dust and say:
“Go back, creatures of the earth!”
For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past,
or as a watch in the night.
You sweep us away like a dream, fleeting as the grass that springs up in the
morning—In the morning it sprouts, but by evening it has withered and died.


Ecclesiastes 3. 1-8
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.


Ecclesiastes 3. 17
I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work.


Isaiah 40. 31
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


I Thessalonians 5. 1-11 (selected verses, italics mine)
As to specific times and eras, sisters and brothers, you don’t need me to tell you anything—you know very well that the Day of God is coming unexpectedly (not like it is anticipated or as one would know beforehand). Just when people are comfortable saying, “At last we have peace and security,” then destruction will fall on them with the suddenness of labor pains, and there will be no escape. But you, sisters and brothers, are not in the dark. The Day of God will not catch you like a thief. No, you are all children of light and children of the day. We don’t belong to gloom or shadows...we belong to the day, so let us be "woke." Let us put on the breastplate of faith and love, and the helmet of the hope of salvation...encouraging each other and building each other up.


A Prayer For In the Waiting
Ever-Living, Ever-Loving, Always-Compassionate-In-Mercy God: It would seem that the things we most need often come as things we must await. Again, we are waiting. We are waiting for the outcome of an election and the future of our nation. We have worked and prayed and spoken for peace witu justice. We have held each other with gentle arms of encouragement and strong hearts of integrity. We have hoped that our work and prayers and words will find fruition in the days and weeks to come. Help us to wait in hope. Help us to wait in healing. Help us to wait in faith. Help us to wait in ways that proclaim your presence in the waiting. We are only able to trust you and that your will, will in fact, be done. Be with us all. Bless our time in waiting. And bring resolve and reconciliation to our nation and the world. Blessed are You and blessed is your Kin-Dom forevermore. Amen.