Sermons on midwife
For the piece we know about God from our passage today is that God has chosen not to be God without us. God’s promise, through this statement in the gospel of John, is that God has promised to love us, to make room for us, to know and be known by us, and that promise never ends, and, with that certainty, there is no reason for our hearts be troubled. When we look within, through the doorways that lead into our hearts and souls, may we find the place of God, the place we have set aside for God, so that our lives may be touched with a peace that passes all understanding, for it is only God who can offer us that comfort. And the challenge to us is to match God’s preparation for us with our preparation for God.
This image of God as our rock and refuge is prevalent in our psalm today. The psalmist implores God to be his strong rock, a castle to keep him safe, affirming that God is his crag and stronghold. I understand what that means after my scary traverse in the canyon last year. I understand the importance of finding a crag to hold onto, I understand the protection offered to me by that sturdy rock. I understand how much I wanted the rock I was hanging onto to be permanent, not permeable, to be solid and un-moveable. This is the God I also want and need, especially in times of trial.