Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—October 13, 2016
I heard this morning that Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize for literature – Bob Dylan! Having come of age with his songs, I find this both astounding and wonderful. “The times, they are a changin...” Indeed. From protest songs to love songs, whether sung in his gravelly voice, or the voice of many other singers, the lyrics are powerful soothing, condemning, challenging... and often unpredictable in both their nature and their impact.
In every generation there are poets, authors and musicians who comfort, enlighten and challenge the people of their time. Often their words and music carry over from generation to generation to inspire or stir up new life, new courage, new wisdom, especially in difficult times.
This coming Sunday we hear God speaking through the prophet Jeremiah: “The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt-- a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord.
But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, "Know the Lord," for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31;27-34
As Christians, followers of Jesus, we know this law as the commandment of Jesus to love one another as we have been loved. That is the law that has been written in our hearts, though we may not always be aware of it. It is not always easy to live this commandment, this law, especially in difficult times when there are so many powerful and contradictory voices vying for attention and place of importance in our world.
But remembering this basic law, and seeking to live it in our own lives every day, is one way that we can be the ones in our own generation who can help inspire and encourage those who are angry, afraid or who have lost hope.
Let us pray: Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing,
What’s your favorite Bob Dylan song?