It’s not over


When Adam and Eve had to leave the garden, they thought it was over. They had messed up too big for God to care for them.

And then God dressed them.

Abram & Sarai wandered the desert, Noah looked out over the flooded land, Moses’ mother hid her son in the reeds, Elijah wandered the desert of Sidon and as the widow gathered sticks for her last meal, they thought it was over. Jonah thought it was over, in the storm and then in the whale.

When the Hebrews fell under Caesar’s rule, subjugated and marginalized, forced to prove their citizenship–their very personhood and they looked for savior after savior, they thought it was over.

Then a baby was born in a barn.

The baby grew and taught and showed grace.

And then he died on the cross. And the disciples cried, because they through it was over.

God, you know it’s not over til it’s over. We can lose all hope–we can see the depths of evil, we can learn how selfish humans are capable to be.

We can confess that this is a part of who we are and how we live.

But God, we know, you are the master of sticking in extra time and grace and hiding abundance in plain sight.

Our God is the hope of the immigrant that causes them to risk everything for a better life.

Our God is the God of the addict, stretching and searching for the relationships they need to make it one more. day.

Our God is the God of the sex worker, striving to work any way they can.

Our God is the God of the queer community: defying stereotypes and dichotomies.

Our God is the God of elections: nail-biting, fraught and full of division.

Our God is the never-ending God. The God of imperfect and open ended stories.

We are a resurrection people. Our God is a God of love not a God of political power or wealth or oppression.

God, thank you for reminding us that it’s not over til it’s over. Remind us to take care of ourselves and to keep doing the work, because Evil will not have the final word.

Love will.

Help us to do the work of love we pray. Amen.

Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.

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