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Pastor’s Pen

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern your thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.” Psalm 139:1-3

In the time it has taken to reflect on this scripture, I’ve been on hold. Having tried unsuccessfully to log on to an account on-line, been issued a new password and promised that I would receive an e-mail confirmation, that little rainbow ball started spinning. You know what that means. Nothing is about to happen. The computer is stuck. You can wait as long as you want, but the ball will keep going round on the screen.

And so I called. I know it’s low tech, but after waiting fifteen minutes on-hold, I   was reassured by a real human voice that the needed email confirmation would be forthcoming. It wasn’t. So I tried again. This time I was on-hold twenty minutes. With the advent of speakerphones I managed to get Sunday’s order of worship planned while listening to really horrible elevator music.

It strikes me as one of God’s great and timeless gifts that God knows us by heart. We don’t need a password, identification number or credit card to dial in. No e-mail account or photo I.D. is necessary. The God who breathed us into being at the dawn of time, knows every cell of every being that ever was, is, or ever will be. That’s so awesome. 

And just in case God seems too remote or we’re not paying attention, God sent a flesh and blood human person to connect with us in real time. Jesus’ words and touch, his presence and compassion, guide and strengthen us without proof or verification of anything. God is already well acquainted with all our ways.

In this world, we’re each in turn: sitting on-hold, waiting for verification, hoping for receipt, needing proof of purchase, anticipating bonus miles. Thank God none of it matters. For we know without doubt, who we are, and to whom we belong.

Prayer

Long before “the cloud” meant stored information, you made the heavens and earth. Thank you for the intimacy with which you hold us close through every challenging morning and every sleepless night, and through every joyful noontime, when hope is bright. Amen

God’s grace, mercy and peace,

Pastor Verlee