“What Comes Down When Heaven is Torn Apart?” – Sunday Preview for Jan. 14 by The Rev. Stephanie Kendell
Well, it’s the new year. And with a new year comes resolutions. I have heard them all this year; lose weight, save money, drink more water, travel, learn a new language, etc. This list goes on and on. Do you have any that you are working on? One thing that I have noticed in talking with people about their resolutions is that they primarily focus on things that we feel need to be “fixed.”
Being fixed is a conversation that I like to stay away from. Largely because I don’t believe most things need to be fixed. “Fixing” is trying to go back on something that God has made anew. As we see in this week’s scripture, God is not a fixer, God is a giver of grace and renewal. Let’s read this week’s scripture from Mark 1:4-11.
God is at work in the love and grace of renewal. Those that John baptized were not fixed of sin, but forgiven and made anew. Jesus baptized was not a fixed person, but made anew in the baptism of community and grace. When the heavens tore open, God did not fix or repair them, God came through the heavens toward earth.Church, what are we trying to hold together or fix that isn’t letting God through? What is God doing in our lives in the torn and broken areas that we keep trying to “fix,” where God had already started something new? Jesus did not need to be baptized but Jesus made a commitment in this act that connects each one of us to each other. And in that commitment from Jesus, and when we show up and commit to each other, God breaks opens that which seems closed, and breaks through into the world that often seems forgotten.
In this new year, I hope you know that when you are broken and torn apart, God is with you. Loving, Renewing, and committing to you. I hope you will make that same commitment to yourself.