by Baylee Smith–
Do you ever find it interesting how things that you don’t think have any connection can be a perfect match? Like peanut butter and jelly. Or like jazz and rock music. Or dogs and elephants? (Don’t believe me? Check out this link to see some unusual animal friendships!)
As I have been reading about Isaiah in preparation for Sunday’s sermon about the people of God in exile, I stumbled upon another unlikely pairing… Loss and Possibility.
The writer of Isaiah 55 sought to provide a deep sense of hope to comfort a hurting people. Over and over again, the prophet shared with God’s people that even in the midst of great loss, God brings new possibilities. What feels like an ending can be a new beginning. God’s spirit enables us to process our loss and feel our pain without being destroyed by it. And even more, God’s spirit empowers us to envision and embrace new possibilities that are before us.
What would it look like if we were able to enter into areas of loss in our lives and see them through this lens? What if we could seize the newness around us without diminishing or forgetting our loss? What does it look like to live in a world filled with pain and loss and believe steadfastly in a God who invites us into new possibilities day after day?
As you go throughout your week, I invite you to try to view areas in your life through this lens. Think on and pray on ways that we as individuals and as a church are marked by both loss and possibility. I look forward to hearing more about your experiences.
photo credit: San Mateo High School “A World of Possibilities”