Ruptured

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In the wake of recent health care reform, the major political parties seem to be as polarized as ever . The views of economic prognosticators range from hopeful to dismal. Wars are being fought in Afghanistan and Iraq (and those are just the ones the USA is in). Locally,we wonder what all this will mean for aging Baby Boomers? Will I have a career path that provides for my family? Has the stress of aging just grown exponentially, or been simplified with the new health care legislation? College costs just went up 9-10% in Colorado, wasn't it already tough enough to be a teen?

I grew up in the Midwest. Anytime I put my feet in the ocean was rare. When I see the immensity of the ocean, wherever my mental state has been, it gets punctured. To try with my finite mind to fathom a God who has the capacity to scoop out the seas, and to fill the water with life, ruptures my train of thought. Have any of you ever seen a whale spew forth water like Old Faithful geyser and then project that giant tail into the air? God takes such moments not to encourage me to deny my problems as much as to say “I who have created the earth, the sea and all that is on it- I am with you to the end of the age”.

If I watch the news or talk to certain “negative” people for very long, I can feel hopelessness and cynicism creeping into me. What I know is that we were each created for much more! Poetry can be a great way to counter the bad news of this world and allow the good news of God to rupture our lives. Psalm 118, an example, has tremendous power. “This is a day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it."(Psalm 118:24) Rev Leon Kelly often has the youth at Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives in inner city Denver say these words prior to departing home from the program. Those words remind us that all is a gift from God and each of us has been given a life that is a gift from God. If you take the words of the poet seriously, this Psalm can transcend and transform even the gloomiest of days.

The ultimate rupture of God's good news upon the world was the resurrection. “Why do you look for the living among the dead?"(Luke 24:5) If someone was crucified, it was reasonable to look for them among the dead. Mary,the mother of James,Mary Magdalene,and Joanna ran from the grave and told the world thoughts of death have now been ruptured. Jesus who was dead has been raised from the dead (Luke 24:9,10). The news of Jesus'resurrection has forever ruptured the capacity of all bad news to claim us from us. There is now life, hope and healing that intervenes in all circumstance to redirect and guide our ways. May you take time this day, and each day, to allow Jesus to rupture your life with good news.

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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