I have been feeling the #relentless-ness of life this season. The relentlessness of the news cycle, telling me over and over how broken we are…
The Jewish Community Center daycares receiving bombthreats
The 7 Trans women who have been murdered
The queer couples who married quickly, just in case
The travelers who are being detained and kept from their families
The need for young transpeople to go to the bathroom safely
The international relationships that are in peril
The Jewish cemeteries being desecrated
The Dakota Pipeline camps being cleared out
Ministry, is about life, which means that there is seldom a “normal week” in the church. The best of ministry is open and adaptable, because Life is Relentless. The basement pipe leaks, then a member is ill and dies, then the governing body is borrowing your building for a meeting, then your board member steps down. This is church, its imperfect, because its alive. Its real, because it reflects real life, its about the imperfections and love in the midst of the daily-ness.
Relentless, means “unmerciful” and “heartless” and “unforgiving” Life is indeed relentless.
Lent, then is the season of the opposite.
Its the season of “have mercy on me O God” the season of God’s “steadfast love” the season of “abundant mercy.” Its the season of pause and reflection. Its the wait and see, its the celebration of the journey.
And I am aching for this season. The restoration of Joy, because only God can provide Joy in this time of weary sin. Only God can sustain a spirit of willingness.
Good thing you like broken spirits, God, cause thats what I got. Brokenness and Hope.
Lent & Relentlessness