My God, My God, why have you forsaken me (us)?
The cry of Jesus during his passion reflects the emptiness and fear of so many of us these days. A few weeks ago there was a sense among many that “a big deal was being made of something not that serious.” After all, 34,000 people die every year from the flu. Why are we willing to shut everything down and injure the economy.
Then as some people began to notice a radically rising trend across the country and there were statements like — Covid-19 is ten times as deadly as the flu — eyes were opened. People began to wonder why others were going about their daily routines as if nothing were going on.
Today, I sense that people across our nation are getting more and more concerned and becoming more and more aware of the necessity of physical-distancing while staying socially connected.
I limit myself to 30 minutes of national news in the morning, 30 minutes of national news at 5:30 and 15 minutes of local news at 6. That is enough for me to know what is happening without getting caught up in talk that can create fear and diminish courage.
Has God forsaken us? Is God sending HIS WRATH upon us? I would answer both questions by saying “NO”.
I do believe we are in the midst of a VERY SERIOUS medical situation that requires the cooperation of each of us. When a-symptomatic people can infect others without ever getting sick themselves — it is important to maintain physical distance and to stay at home as much as possible. When medical supplies seem to be running short — we want to stay well and staying well means being wise.
God is with me and with you and he is next door. God calls us to faith–and he asks us to use our brains.
On PALM SUNDAY AS Jesus began his journey to the cross, people laid palm branches before him — recognizing him as Prophet and King. People hailed him as their Savior.
While we pray for scientist working to find a cure/vaccine, we recognize God as the giver of all knowledge and the creator of science and medicine. While we pray for and support doctors, nurses, medical staff, and Emergency Responders — we acknowledge Jesus as the Great Physician and the Divine Healer. As we stay at home, we see that God is our Refuge.
Fear is useless. Believe: All is well and all will be well.
While most of us will not get palms as we normally do at this time of year, we can bow before Jesus and hail him as the giver of our future. We lay our lives before him as we too journey to the cross.
Someone on Facebook this week said that this “is the Lentiest Lent ever.” We have all slowed down to wonder — to pray — to pray. We all long for life beyond the cross — when we can begin to live “somewhat normally.”
Let us continue to reflect upon the lessons we are learning — and to think of the ways our lives might still need tweaking or change.
As Jesus surrendered to the will of the Father — let us prepare to do so ourselves.