God our Refuge and Strength

Posted by Fr. Tere on 10/14/2018

Collect of the Day: God, our refuge and strength, true source of all godliness: Graciously hear the devout prayers of your Church, and grant that those things which we ask faithfully we may obtain effectually; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who  sits at your right hand to intercede for us, and who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns in everlasting glory. Amen.

This is an especially appropriate prayer for the week we have lived together. Through various sources we have learned that in the midst of life we are in death – but I pray we have also learned that in the midst of death we are in life.

Two of our families have suffered the death of a parent and grandparent recently. Both were sudden. Yes, both deaths involved people who had lived long and good lives, but they were both too short for us.

Our dear Alita has gone home, as has Lareisha’s father, Larry. We didn’t know Larry, but we will miss him as a strong brother-in-Christ, and as the grandparent of Rusty and Lareisha’s girls, Nevaeh, Kamyra, and Keziah. We certainly know Alita, an awesome sister-in-Christ, and a well-beloved member of our family. She kept the coffee going, the tables decorated, the Vestry working. We also know her as the mother of Cathy & Shawn, and the grandmother of Zachery, Cody, Brooklyn, and Kira. She was so proud of them all.

Along with our mourning, we have heard of the horrible hurricane in Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and on up the coast. Because of good preparation and heeding the warnings, loss of life has been minimal, but property damage is horrific. Tens of thousands of lives have been changed forever. There have been other devastating storm damages throughout the world, and lives ruined through human actions. Listening to the news, we only hear about “in the midst of death.”

But more than that is happening. Cathy kept saying throughout the time of Alita’s death that she was joyful her mother was going home, while she kept mourning her leaving. In the midst of death we are in life – at its very fullest.

Both Alita and Larry have gone home. They are with the One they loved most dearly. Heaven rejoices and welcomes them. We rejoice that Jesus has broken the gates of hell, defeated death, and taken its sting. As we say in the Burial of the Dead liturgy, “… in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to Almighty God our sister Alita, our brother Larry, and we commit her/his body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”

In the midst of all the death we have seen about which we have heard, we are in life. In an attic in South Carolina America’s Cajun Navy found a litter of kitten just a day or two old, as well as rescuing two dozen humans. The Dothan (FL) Fire Department rescued 22 people during the storm.

And wonderfully, through the tireless efforts of President Trump, Vice President Pence, Senator Lankford, and others Pastor Andrew Brunson has been released in Turkey, and is now safe in the United States, reunited with his family.

God is always working to bring good from our foolishness, evil, and misfortunes. He does that because God is good, all the time. That is his nature. He can do no other.

We mourn. We rejoice. They are part of the same coin, because of the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life for those who love Jesus, the only Way, Truth, and Life.

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