April 10, 2021
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray again with Psalm 118, today’s verses a song of utter confidence in, and thanks for, God’s faithfulness.
Give thanks to the LORD who is is good,Psalm 118: 1, 14-15
whose mercy endures forever.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
who has been my savior.
The joyful shout of victory
in the tents of the just.
That profound trust and gratitude are captured in the enduring word:
“Forever” is a word we tend to toss about carelessly, as in:
It took my pizza forever to get here!
I promise I’ll love you forever.
Really? Could “forever” possibly apply in both these cases????
I think, in fact, we cannot begin to conceptualize “forever”, just as we cannot possibly conceptualize God.
What we can do is
- to pick up the fabric of our life as it flows through time,
- to place it with trust in God’s enduring love,
- to slowly, continually become knit into God’s faithfulness,
- to finally become still as, in each moment, that Love carries us to “forever”.
Poetry: two selections today
Forever – is composed of Nows by Emily Dickinson
Forever – is composed of Nows –
‘Tis not a different time –
Except for Infiniteness –
And Latitude of Home –
From this – experienced Here –
Remove the Dates – to These –
Let Months dissolve in further Months –
And Years – exhale in Years –
Without Debate – or Pause –
Or Celebrated Days –
No different Our Years would be
From Anno Dominies
From Miracles by C.S. Lewis It is probable that Nature is not really in Time and almost certain that God is not. Time is probably (like perspective) the mode of our perception. There is therefore in reality no question of God's at one point in time (the moment of creation) adapting the material history of this universe in advance to free acts which you or I are to perform at a later point in Time. To God all the physical events and all the human acts are present in an eternal Now. The liberation of finite wills and the creation of the whole material history of the universe (related to the acts of those wills in all the necessary complexity) is to God a single operation. In this sense God did not create the universe long ago but creates it at this minute—at every minute.
Music: Swept Across Forever – Tim Janis