While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care,
and everywhere that we can be, Thou, God, art present there.
God fills time and space. We don’t always notice that. We get distracted, and forget to remember that God is always with us.
But wherever we are, whatever is happening, we can worship God. Worship: acknowledgement of God’s existence and power. Power: the ability to do work.
The Church is the Body of Christ. Again, everywhere we are, within and without.
Everything we small creatures experience unfolds inside the love of God.
What could go wrong? Nothing, obviously – again, if we just remember to notice that.
Image: Pecan tree canopy near Austin, Texas, Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
One response to “Coverage”
Looking at it another way, obviously a lot could go wrong. If by “going wrong” we mean “things happening that we don’t like or enjoy.” In a world in which God loves us [the good news] AND loves everyone and everything else [often, from our perspective, the bad news], AND is constitutionally incapable of exercising unloving unilateral coercion – the consequences of which we rely on and appreciate, generally without thinking all the way through to all its logical implications – plenty will “go wrong.” Nevertheless, even as things are going miserably wrong, the steadfast love of the HOLY ONE never ends. We know God is always at work, bringing shalom out of the disaster ignorant short-sighted freedom has made of the good creation. Sometimes, we can even see that; in the midst of all that’s going wrong, a little still manages to go right. We can always make the choice to be part of that shalom-making tikkun work. And since that’s what we are presumably doing all the time, anyway – that is, being part of that work – then “whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.” So, like I said – what could go wrong? Nothing, really, in the final analysis.