By: Maggie Leonard
Reflection—v. 39, ‘people were eating and drinking, marrying and being given in marriage…until the flood came and swept them all away’
It was business as usual, when the flood came. People were going through their daily routines and continuing to look toward the future. But what kind of a life could it have truly been without goodness, kindness, and compassion? As tradition tells us, the people who populated the earth were evil and only Noah had a relationship with God. God was left brokenhearted by the state of things. I can’t help but feel broken-hearted these days. It seems very clear that so many of us, on all different idealogical sides, live in a state of fear. Fear of job security, fear of terrorism, fear of discrimination, fear of harassment. My fear is that if we continue to act out of our fear that we will get swept away by it—swept into bigger echo-chambers, swept into self-righteousness, swept away by yelling, swept away by intimidation and name calling. And what’s worse, what if those things became as common place as eating and drinking. May we not mistake that way of being for the one who sustains us and who keeps us safe. Turn back toward one another, turn back toward love.
Prayer God of all creation, teach us to love and be patient that our hearts can stay true to you. May we embrace diversity in all the forms you created it.