You, O God, are the God of life.1Written for Ash Wednesday Service at Winnetka Congregational Church on February 10, 2016
When the world was not yet, when the earth was just a formless void, and darkness covered the deep, Your Spirit swept over the face of the deep and creation was begun.
Into the dawn of Your creation, when the earth was yet barren and without life, You took the dust of the ground and formed humankind, breathing into us the breath of life. When, in the course of time, we fell away from You, and the world was corrupt and full of violence, You sent rain for 40 days and 40 nights, washing away all that was evil and without light and creating space for new life.
When we found ourselves enslaved to Pharaoh, You delivered us, taking us through the Red Sea and into the dusty desert. Out of death and dust, slavery and oppression, You traveled with us to a land of new life. A pillar of cloud by day and fire by night, You went before us, leading us to a land flowing with milk and honey. Step by step, for 40 years, You stayed with us.
When we were exiled from the land to which You led us, You left with us. Vacating the Temple in Jerusalem, You were with us by the rivers of Babylon where we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. And when we were little more than a valley of dry bones—discouraged and displaced, dismantled and divided—You sent Your Spirit once more to breathe life into death and dust. You knit us back together, joining bone to bone and person to person until once more we stood before You complete and connected, to You and to each other.
You have always been the God of life. And so we come to You this evening with the question,
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|1.||Written for Ash Wednesday Service at Winnetka Congregational Church on February 10, 2016|