“It is no part of the Christian vocation, then, to be able to explain what’s happening and why. In fact, it is part of the Christian vocation not to be able to explain—and to lament instead. As the Spirit laments within us, so we become, even in our self-isolation, small shrines where the presence and healing love of God can dwell. And out of that there can emerge new possibilities, new acts of kindness, new scientific understanding, new hope.” N.T. Wright
It's a question I imagine all of us has asked, perhaps even multiple times. Why is this happening? Why is this happening to me? Why is this happening now?
The problem, as Bishop Wright notes, is that these questions have no answer this side of heaven. Further, these questions distract us from the movement of the Spirit within us, looking to do good work through us for God’s glory.
Romans 8:18 says, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
Brothers and sisters, God’s goodness and mercy is not diminished because of what we face today. Rather, God’s love for us should allow us to put down the question “why”, making room for His Holy Spirit to do new good works in us.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. May the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, keep you safe and make you strong, this night and always. Amen.