Now that Synod is over, I have given myself sometime to lament. I share with you, how ever still rough and unpolished, a lament born out of Synod. I have hope that God will continue to work in us, with us, and even on us, until we are what we are called to be.
O Lord our Creator, how long will we claim you as our God
until we realize that you first claimed us as your children?
O, Christ the King of kings, how long will attempt to build your Kingdom
until we realize that you have already built it?
O Spirit, the source of inspiration, how long will claim your power
until we confess that people who disagree, both have sought, and seek your guidance?
In a world divide you call us to be united, yet we cannot agree about what unites us. In a world divided, you ask us to be united so that the world may know you, yet we each see you differently. In a world divided, we make further distinctions in search of holy living, yet show our un-holiness in how we treat one another. In a world divided, we claim you as our God, our King, and source of our understanding, yet stand apart. We desire to be united, yet stand as divided as the world to whom you have called to us proclaim the Gospel.
We grow impatient.
How long will you allow us to disregard the Scriptures…..
How long will you allow some to exclude others….
How long will you let people continue in sin….
How long will you let history be ignored…..repeated…
We grow inpatient.
We grow impatient with each other.
We grow impatient with ourselves.
We grow impatient with You.
Yet You are a patient God.
You are patient with us.
You have your own schedule, your own timing.
You hold history in your hand, You destroyed sin on the Cross, You include people of all kinds into your Kingdom, You fulfill the Scriptures, You are holy when we are not.
O God, the creator, help us to trust you to continue the work in us that you began.
O Christ, the King of kings, help us to submit to your rule.
O Spirit, the source of inspiration, continue to work in us and among us as we seek to serve you.
Work in us, that we might be for You and the world what You have called us to be.
Work in us, that we might glorify You with our thoughts, and words, and actions.
Work in us, that the world might give You glory and praise for what You have made us.
And we will bless Your name.