From the Pastor’s desk...
“A thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday.” Psalm 90:4
God is not controlled or stressed by the clock. He can wait. One would think that God who created the sun, moon, earth and the universe to run with such precision would become intolerant waiting for us.
With infinite love and patience he waits on his children. He gave us the gift of freedom. We may choose to obey or disobey and live with the consequences enjoying a blessing or bear with the consequences of our mistake. We are his sons and daughters, not pieces to a game or parts of a great machine or puppets.
When he sees his children turning away from him and going on paths that will lead to ruin and pain. He lets us go. We wish that he would stop us and change our minds keeping us from plunging into danger and doubt. He grieves our choices and grows ever frustrated when we stray. But he will not force us to turn around.
He waits. But when it is a question of sinner He does not merely stand still open his arms and say, “Come here; no he stands there and waits, as the father of the lost son waited, rather he does not stand and wait, He goes forth to seek as the shepherd sought the lost sheep, as the woman sought the lost coins. He goes, - yet no, he has gone infinitely farther than any shepherd or any woman, He went the infinitely long way from being God to becoming human and in that way He went in search of sinners.” Soren Kierkegaard. He is the shepherd who left the safety of the flock to enter the dark and dangerous world outside. To his banquet he welcomed the tax collector and the fishermen, the righteous and unrighteous. He came for the sick and the well. He came all the way from heaven to be God with us and to die on the cross to reconcile us to God and then rise again giving us the gift of eternal life.
When people are asked, “What must you do to get to heaven. Most people respond, “Be good.”
Jesus’ parables and life contradicted that. His answer is all you need do is cry “Help!”
God pursues us in word and sacraments, the means of grace through which the Holy Spirit calls the church to faith and life. Like the hound of heaven, he is on the scent of the prey, so God comes to find us.
The time and season and invitation to return home to God has come. The 40 days before Holy Week and Easter call us to fast, to simplify our lives and give up our distractions so that we may return to God. The amazing thing is that we will discover that he is waiting for us. He is closer than the air we breathe. Jesus said “There is joy in the presence of the angels over one sinner who repents.”
See you at worship this weekend!