The Lord God helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
he who vindicates me is near.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this passage from Isaiah which we’re going to hear this Sunday, Palm Sunday. Flint was rock, basically, easily crafted into use as a knife or sharp tool. Flint was something central for individuals and society to survive. While the survival of our society isn’t ultimately in danger, there is something important about what it ultimately means to survive.
COVID-19 has, I suspect, made us all a little more aware of what we need to survive, what we can do without, and what we can’t do without. As Palm Sunday approaches, I’d like you to consider that this liturgical celebration is meant to do just that as well; focus our attention. This isn’t going to be the usual Palm Sunday and Holy Week, but I suspect it’ll be one that, if only for the week, takes on a new significance for us.
If you haven’t joined us yet on Sunday night at 6 pm for Evening Prayer I hope you will. We can, following Isaiah’s example, all be set like flint, to be a useful and important means for the prosperity of someone else, maybe even ourselves. While we all need reminders, the reminder of Holy Week is to become what you are capable of being, and to live into your nature as the holy people of God. We do that best when we do it together.
This Week on Zoom at https://bit.ly/TCZoom
Tuesday at 6 pm – Check-in
Join Thomas and Kelley on Zoom. This is a time to check-in or just say hello.
Thursday at 5 pm – Lenten Series
We will gather via Zoom to continue our discussion of Money and Possessions by taking a look at the Book of Revelation.
Sunday at 6 pm – Palm Sunday Evening Prayer
Join us for Evening Prayer and time to check-in.