Lenten Meditation 37, April 6

Thursday, April 6

Psalm 31:9-16
1 Samuel 16:11-13
Philippians 1:1-11

by The Rev. Kate Flexer

Philippians 1:1-11

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at ECA!

‘I thank God every time I remember you,’ Paul says. What a wonderful letter he writes to his friends in Philippi, with such love and prayer for them. I still have boxes of letters I received, and some I wrote, to friends and family in years past – several pages thick with story and details and vibrant voice. And yet I no longer send such letters, nor do I receive them – they’re vanquished by short, pithy emails and the even shorter, pithier texts (with emojis). None of them are kept in boxes to look at again. Not much is communicated there anyway.

Relationships with other people take more time than we sometimes feel like we have. It takes time to write a letter, to offer our thoughts and questions and wonderings to another person. But the few times I do it, I notice that it doesn’t actually take that much time, and it feels good. It connects me heart to heart with the other person in a way that no short text could do.

No less so in our relationship with God. How long a letter do we write to God, in our prayers? Do we take the time to give all the details, explore the ins and outs of our soul in God’s presence? Or do we rely on cryptic texts? ‘God pls heal me TYVM!’

As we move into Holy Week, perhaps this season can prompt us into taking a little more time in God, writing and thinking and listening and reading – to allow the one who began a good work in us to bring it to completion. To remember, and be re-membered, by God.