God did not say ‘you will not be tempted; you will not be troubled; you will not be distressed’… What God said was, ‘You shall not be overcome.’”
Julian of Norwich
It comes at us from all sides
Another wildfire rages and homes and lives are destroyed.
Covid explodes and the Emergency Rooms are overwhelmed.
Politicians literally mandate their constituents harm.
The Greedy flourish.
Righteous people get sick and die.
An authoritarian party robs people of freedom in the name of freedom.
The planet tilts toward climate disaster
And nothing seems to help!
People of good will are shouted down.
Vulnerable people are disenfranchised through voter suppression, and worse
Inequity is the name of the game in toxic capitalism.
We echo the words of faith!
“God has this!”
But if we are honest, most of us wonder sometimes
How if love really wins, and how, if God (who is love) really has this
We get governors helping children get sick
And politicians robbing people of their rights
And people refusing to protect other people, and doing so while claiming “Jesus.”
I mean really?!
It is a right mess out there!
Do we dare believe that “all shall be well”?
Or at the very least, do we dare believe that we can handle what is going on,
and do so without becoming angry, bitter, and cruel (ourselves).
I have found I can hold on to one thing.
That God is indeed, everywhere.
More specifically that God (Sacred, Something beyond) is part of my DNA
That Sacred is woven into the fabric of my being,
woven into the fabric of others,
woven into the fabric of this creation, this fragile planet).
This does not mean that there will not be troubles (duh)
This does not mean there will be no distress.
This does not mean I won’t be tempted to do such things as despair.
What it does mean is that the thin thread which binds me to the Sacred,
and to the earth
and to the animals and birds
and to other people
that thin thread of love and life
cannot be broken
ultimately love will win
and ultimately I will not be overcome
at the worst I will be reunited with the One from whom I came
I will move from communion with the Sacred to union with the Sacred
And so, as we are told so many times in scriptures
I do not need to fear
I can trust in God
Trust in love
Even as people like DeSantis and Abbott do what is evil
in the eyes of love
Even as the greedy fly into space while children starve
Even as fearful racists work to destroy our electoral system
Even as the Delta variant spread