Turn again to your rest, O my soul
for the LORD has dealt well with you.
For you have rescued my life from death,
my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling;
I will walk in the presence of the LORD
in the land of the living.
"Let it be."
In the heartfelt prayer of Psalm 116, the psalmist feels relieved that God has brought them back to life. This is no heavenly psalm or reflection on eternity. This is God, present in the storms of life: moving us from anxiety to calm, from fear to love, from resentment to gratitude, from hostility to hospitality....from all that deals Death to all that brings Life.
Our daily moments are where these movements are worked out. God works on us, digging in the soil of our hearts, moving us from Death to Life, even as we watch the weather and stand in line at the grocery store...as we prepare around the house and talk about our fears and hopes and predictions...as we pray for our safety and the safety of our communities.
God is here, moving us from Death to Life. God is here reminding us that, like the psalmist, we "walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living."
"The land of the living" is not for the faint of heart. This life we've been given is unpredictable and wild and full of powerful forces beyond our control. Sometimes it is terrifying.
This week, as Hurricane Florence bears down on us, we feel our vulnerability. But we also name the truth that we are always vulnerable. We never know what the future holds. Life and death are close at hand, and we control far less than we think we do.
And, we name the truth that God walks with us: through the storm, through the waters, through the fears, through the preparations and decisions and prayers. God is here in the midst of Florence, and God is here in every storm that life throws at us. God is here "in the land of the living."
As I've said before, my 4-year-old, Drew, is the DJ in our car. In the last few weeks, the Beatles' "Let It Be" has been on heavy rotation. It's stuck firmly in Drew's head, and so, all week, as I've felt the occasional wave of anxiety crash around me, I've been interrupted by a little voice singing, "speaking words of wisdom, let it be..."
By now, we've done what needs doing. We've prepared. We've watched. We've worried. We've wondered. And now, it's time to let it be.
And we trust that God walks with us, here in the land of the living.
Peace be with you,