Based on Psalm 104, Part Two
Opening Prayer: May the words on my lips and our reflections on your word for us this day be acceptable in your sight, dear God, our Rock and our Redeemer. Amen
I love the grand sweep of images in this morning’s reading!
For me, the reading lifts up hopeful and powerful images of God in relationship with Creation and all its inhabitants.
For me, there’s hope to be found in a God who creatively partners with his divine counterpart, Lady Wisdom (aka Sophia) to bring life to the cosmos.
For me, there’s hope to be found in a God who provides God’s creatures food in ‘due season’.
For me, there’s hope to be found in a God who sustains us in all the stages of life, death, and rebirth.
There’s also hope to be found in the psalmist’s affirmation and encouragement to God to rejoice in God’s relationship to Creation and the cosmos.
Where the reading feels challenging is in the naming of Leviathan, (the demonic and mythical sea monster) one of God’s creatures called into playful relationship with the sea.
Then, I recall that Leviathan is a mythical sea monster, perhaps more a metaphor for our fears that need addressing than an actual being created by God.
Still, it is an image that gives me pause to consider, especially in the context of rapid climate change we are experiencing here and now this very day.
The other place the reading feels challenging to me is when the psalmist speaks of God’s hiding God’s face and how that breakdown in relationship causes despair and death.
Again, who and what is responsible for our separation from a creative, providential, and sustaining God?
Is the Psalmist speaking of the natural cycle of living, dying, and being reborn?
Is he speaking to the times in our lives when we reject relationship with God and with each other?
Is he speaking to our drive to be self reliant and self sustaining at the peril of God’s good Creation?
Questions, questions, and more questions for our ongoing prayerful reflection and consideration!
Being in relationship with God and with each other lies at the heart of our Christian journey.
Trusting in the blessing of God’s abiding presence in the midst of and in response to our fears is also at the heart of our Christian journey.
Both are challenging and both are difficult.
We have not but to think of our longstanding commitment and both the blessings and the challenges of working to seek right relationship and reconciliation with our First Nations’ brothers and sisters as but one example.
A little later in our service this morning, we will be making some intentional promises about how we will be in relationship in the coming year.
Let us come to this concrete task, gratefully aware, and mindful of our creative, providential , and sustaining God who longs to delight in our efforts to be the church in this time and in this place
Let us continue to reflect on the blessing and the challenge of all of that and more as we continue to revel in the WOW of the season of Creation, and the manifold nature of God’s creative impulse ever at work within, between, and among us this day.
May it be so, amen.