2020 has been a difficult year. COVID is all over the world. With it comes various restrictions that make people upset. What seems to get lost is the more than 1,000,000 (1 million) people who’ve died from it. So far. There will be more. As you read this, more people will die. Also apparently forgotten or ignored are the healthcare workers. They tirelessly risk their lives, including for people who selfishly get sick for their own pleasure. These same healthcare workers also get sick. And they add to the number of dead and dying. But still, this is Thanksgiving. How do we give thanks?
Jesus Comforts His Disciples
Do you mourn over the loss of in-person church services? If so, you’re not alone. But my question is actually more about the mourning. The process. The reasons why you mourn. That’s because the Bible actually gives us lessons, of a sort, on how and why to mourn. They’re in one of those Old Testament books that we don’t really like to read.
Lamentations is all about mourning. Grieving. All the gory details of what happened to Jerusalem, Judah, Zion, the Israelites when they were defeated by Nebuchadnezzar and sent into exile.
I believe they can help us today as well,
with COVID and the loss of in-person church services.
Trust in God; Trust also in me – but how and why?
Interesting, isn’t it? The why part is actually relatively easy to see. If we trust God, then our hearts won’t be troubled. That’s the goal, isn’t it?
But the how part. Even though I want the goal of not worrying, not being troubled, trust is so hard to come by.
The thing is, from watching the dogs I’ve had, I can see that trust is possible between them and me. Even Hachiko, the most scared dog of all, came to trust me. Even though things happened, like the can of paint.
So if I take the relationship between Hachiko and me – use it to see what a relationship could be like between me and God – it helps. Helps me, anyway.
Are we supposed to believe God – believe in God – or follow God? Are those three sets of words all different? Or do they all mean the same thing? Well, it depends. When were you born? What culture do you live in / come from? Most important, are you willing to learn what they meant when they were said? In some cases, that’s almost two thousand years ago. In others, several thousand years ago. We need to look at what they meant when they were said, in order to understand what they mean today.
Tears of God? I can’t imagine there’s even one second when someone isn’t doing something to make God cry. Maybe someone who hasn’t been saved – dies – and is forever lost. Could be someone who hasn’t been saved yet – but will be. Or someone who has been saved – but even then we still continue to sin and hurt God.