Sunday, July 20, 2008
Jacob's Ladder: A Life of Faith in Motion
This morning's Old Testament reading was a perfect reminder of how much the Holy Scriptures are all about navigating the road of the pilgrims' life: Jacob's ladder from Gen. 28:10-19 captured the calling of God's people to be people on the move, in motion, in faith: Jacob dreamt there was a ladder set up on earth reaching to heaven, with angels ascending and descending, with God telling him that the land that he lies on will be given to him and his offspring, who will be like dust on the earth, spread to the west, east, north and south. And we will know that God is with us!
The assurance that God is with us, whether we think we are with God or not, is then echoed in today's Psalm, a favorite of mine: Ps. 139: "Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there." God is our constant companion.
Even the Gospel of Matthew resonated with a wandering farmer who spreads good seed in the field.
In our lives as pilgrims on earth, it is all about moving and motion, in faith, by grace, with love. God chose and continues to choose us to be a pilgrim people, God's pilgrim people, to keep sharing the love of God, and news of God's realm and reign far and wide.
Time is God's time: we are God's people moving with the Spirit, following the Spirit God!
Pilgrim peace, Brett