God Remembers

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Bulletin: July 8, 2018

NewsletterSummer 2018

Scriptures: Genesis 6:5-8:1Psalm 104Mark 1:1, 9-11


Joel Russell-MacLean

I’ve often been amused or troubled how often Noah’s ark and the flood are a popular source for children’s toys and storybooks. The flood is really quite a horrific and terrifying story:

“And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all human beings; everything on dry land in whose nostrils was the spirit of life died.

“Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark.”

Humanity’s violence had left the earth in ruins and in waste and all of God’s creating work was undone. Almost all life was extinguished and the complete order of land and sky and dark and light were now chaos again.

On the other hand, as they learn about history, won’t our children see how again and again, humanity repeatedly undoes creation? How empires crush peoples only to fall to ruin themselves over and over again? How we turn gardens into deserts and wipe away whole species at a time?

And might they experience dark times in their own lives when they feel there is no hope?

Perhaps knowing this grim story thoroughly will prepare them for the darkness they will encounter in the world and in life.

There is a safe place, an ark. It is Jesus Christ. Whatever darkness or threat we encounter, we can turn to find comfort and hope in Jesus.

In the darkness, over the waters of the flood, the Holy Spirit was present, bringing healing, order and new life.

For all the violence of our world, in all the waste and ruin, humanity still looks and listens for the Holy Spirit, bringing renewal and new life while we wait for Jesus to return.

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