Friday April 6 2018


Scripture: Psalm 49

Key verses: (1-2)

1   Hear this, all you peoples;
give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
2   both low and high,
rich and poor together.

Scripture: I am writing this in the waiting room of the DMV. We are all waiting here together: low and high, rich and poor together. It’s a three-hour wait for those of us who neglected to make appointments. I even drove to Monroe where the wait is usually less, and yet, here we all are.

From my seat on the back row I can hear three different languages. All ages are here waiting. Some parents with teen drivers, anxious and excited, on the brink of independence. Some elderly folks who might be wondering how many more times they will pass their vision test. Some new residents who have a simple request and yet they are waiting with the rest of us.

There aren’t enough seats for everyone, and snacking is frowned upon. It could be a disaster, but it’s not, somehow. It’s remarkably calm in here, though warm as can be. People are helping each other when someone really needs a seat.

A teen driver just came in the room with the examiner and flashed her dad a big grin, and my row smiled right back at her. There is a shared bond among those who have to wait together.  We can celebrate together too.

I hope that is true for the church as well. In our post-Easter waiting, when we live in between the kingdom already begun and not yet realized, we are waiting together. May we see our common humanity, wait patiently and work together, and celebrate when joy breaks through.

Prayer: Lord, it can feel like a long wait for joy sometimes. Help us learn to be a community. Help us help one another. Help us keep our eyes open for your mercy breaking through. In the name of Christ I pray. Amen.

Author: Julie Hester

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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