Daily Lectionary Readings for Year A
I find myself struggling this morning with the lectionary. The Psalm recounts God's faithfulness and the people's failures, missteps, and redemption. The Hebrew Bible lesson tells of the death of Joshua and Eleazor, the son of Aaron. And, the reading from 1 Corinthians talks about tongues and prophecies. All of it is helpful and meaningful but I have to confess, it's not exactly what I was looking for this morning.
What I wanted to find in the November 9, Year A Lectionary Readings were some words of inspiration to help us in the aftermath of a national election. People are so passionate, and the country is so divided, I had hoped that God would help us find our way. How can we support those who are hurting right now? Is there a way for us to trust one another and our institutions? Can we build on all the things we hold in common and move forward as a nation?
Faith is like this sometimes. We turn to scripture to try to find what we hope it will say. We pray to God with the hope of a particular answer. But we find that God speaks what God speaks, when God speaks. If we are patient, God will meet us and guide us, help us and inspire us.
That's the moment this morning when I lifted my eyes from the text and gazed through the window to find a beautiful sunrise. The low clouds were painted red and orange and yellow and fuchsia (I looked it up, and yes, fuchsia was in the sky this morning, too). Looking at the beauty of the sunrise, I had an overwhelming feeling of peace. The words, "Love will prevail, no matter what" repeated in my heart. Maybe God's words were written in the morning sky. I don't exactly know how we will come together again as a nation and a community. Kindness, compassion, empathy, and patience might be keys. And in the end, God's love will prevail, no matter what.
So, be good to one another. Pray for your friends and any you might consider to be your enemies. Study God's Word in your Bible, and study God's Word in the sky. And trust in the One who has the power to save us from our sins and carry us all to a higher place.