Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. I will make of a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
Genesis 12: 1-3
I lift up my eyes to the hills -- from where will my help come?
Psalm 121: 1
In the context of Lent, we are called to look at where Christ is, was, and will be in our world. In Psalm 121 and Genesis 12 we are called to remember the very physical nature of our Judaic-Christian experience with God. Lift thine eyes to the hills, not past reality into a different realm. The Lord is right here, in the mountains of our lives. The Lord is aware of our struggles as we climb through life and will not let us stumble or lose our way.
The mountains and the plains are our true home, not a distant heavenly body. Just like the Lord showed Abraham Canaan, so the Lord first showed Adam this planet. We, as descendents, are entitled to this as our home. We’ve been granted the privilege of being created from the earth, where we have the joy of living and where we will return in death. We will not be lost in the sky or forgotten. We will be right here as a people in the presence of a remembering God.
This planet was a good enough place for God’s only son to be born, to grow, to eat, to teach, and, for our imperfections, to die. In this Lenten season, let us ponder what the physical presence of Christ meant. God did not save us from this world; Christ came to save this world for us. Christ came to testify to the goodness of God’s creation and to the resurrection of all life on this planet.
Let us be truly thankful for and humbled by the beauty of God's creation.
Lindsey Kerr is a Mission Intern serving in Davao City, Philippines with the In Peace program.
The Mission Intern Program is a three-year leadership development and mission service opportunity for young adults between the ages of 20 and 30 to be actively involved in mission service and social justice in both an international and a domestic context. The program encourages young adults to live with and learn from communities that struggle with injustice. Mission Interns have worked as community developers, educators, advocates, and grass-roots organizers, and their unique experiences provide vision for new opportunities and ministries within the church. The program offers an opportunity for Mission Interns to serve half of their time abroad, and their remaining time in a placement site in their home country.
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