“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1)
“They had rushed out of Egypt and had no opportunity even to prepare food for the journey.” (Exodus 12:39)
These two readings from today’s lectionary offer a reminder that all life experiences, whether anticipated or not, whether we label them “good” or “bad,” have the potential to expand us to rediscover anew our Loving God. This becomes particularly challenging when from our human perspective we deem a moment as terrible, tragic or unwanted. How can this “awful” moment I am unprepared for reveal a gracious and merciful God? This universal, painful question and struggle have no easy answer.
However we do see a model of response in Christ: loving trust, compassion, forgiveness and willing participation in life that is beyond our terms and understanding. Inherent in this surrender is trust that God’s mercy trumps judgment. Life trumps death. A good and merciful God is forever shining light on our journey, knowing full well we are never “prepared” for such an adventure and that grave misinterpretations will happen repeatedly.
May we give thanks for mercy and unending grace that carry us forward — prepared or not — leading us home to Love.
EXODUS 12:37-42 ● PSALM 136:1 AND 23-24, 10-12, 13-15
● MATTHEW 12:14-21