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For the better of the collective good, we wait | Worship

 

Last updated 3/24/2021 at Noon

Have you ever waited for a stoplight to change and that wait seems to take forever?

These days, I do a lot of waiting. My guess is I'm not the only one. Waiting for spring to bring more sunny days, waiting to sit safely indoors at a local restaurant, waiting for local schools to decide when is safe to return to in-person learning.

Waiting to gather in-person for worship with our faith communities. Waiting to travel. For many of us great losses this past year include the loss of family members due to COVID-19, the loss of graduations and other milestones, the loss of health and well-being among others.

A year later into a pandemic, collectively as a society we continue to wait, wait for more vaccines to be distributed, wait to learn how this is making a difference. In the Bible, after their home and the house of worship was destroyed, the Israelites waited and waited many years to return home to what they knew.

The prophet Ezekiel has a vision where he finds himself in a valley full of many dry bones. "The Lord God said to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live" (Ezekiel 37:5-6 NRSV). God gives Ezekiel a vision of God's breath and life-giving power to assemble and restore these dry bones to life.

There was still great loss for the descendants of the first Israelites whose bones were in that valley. Life would never be the same again. And yet the life-giving power of God's breath to restore what's lifeless is a promise of hope of God's presence amid great losses. Recently, the CDC (Center of Disease Control and Prevention) based on the latest science recommended that fully vaccinated people can gather indoors without wearing masks or staying six feet apart with an unvaccinated household at low risk for severe disease. (https://bit.ly/3tryT35) The wait continues, but now grandparents can play, give, and receive hugs to grandchildren. Yet we must be cautious, the wait is not over, but signs of breath and life are still all around us.

 

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