I find yesterday’s reading from Job to be so hopeful and so comforting during these seemingly chaotic times. It fits so beautifully with the strong message received over and over during the conference this past weekend. “Be not afraid!”
I use the word “seemingly” not because we are imagining the turmoil, but because as Christians, we don’t have to live in the chaos. We can choose, sometimes with a force of will, to remove ourselves from it, and live in the gentle and quiet soul of Christ, the Christ who truly is our life.
“But as for me, I know that my Vindicator lives,
and that he will at last stand forth upon the dust;
Whom I myself shall see:
my own eyes, not another’s, shall behold him,
And from my flesh I shall see God;
my inmost being is consumed with longing.”
And when we are having a hard time succeeding, we can always hang on to the promise that our Vindicator does in fact live amongst us, that He is all powerful, and that He WILL “stand forth upon the dust.”
We know the end of the story, my dear friends.
Be not afraid!
P.S. Was there anything in yesterday’s or today’s readings that spoke to you?