Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Baptism of Our Lord Year A - Psalm 29

Psalm 29
Psalm 29 has ten verses of environmental mayhem leading to an eleventh verse that blesses people with peace. It might not be such a positive image in light of the large scale disasters of 2013. Typhoon Haiyan (Philippines) and Phailin (India), hurricanes Manuel and Ingrid (Mexico), earthquakes in the Philippines, China and the Solomon Islands, tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma City. Some estimate over 20,000 lives loved were lost in these events alone. Ascribing glory to God through the image of what we see as natural disasters (so called acts of God) may make poetic sense but theologically might cause us to question how the whisper of peace can proceed from a voice that breaks the cedars and makes the solid ground skip like a calf. But if the peace that blesses God’s people is the recognition that “God is bigger than the boogie man” (Veggie Tales) than the peace that stills the storms of 2013, and every year for that matter, is that God is the eye in the center of every storm, which I’m told is a place of calm, or in other words, peace.

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