Dear Church Family,
Our scripture today is a portion of the Lord’s Prayer:
Jesus said, “Pray like this: Our Father who is in heaven, uphold the holiness of your name. Bring in your kingdom so that your will is done on earth as it’s done in heaven…” –Matthew 6: 9-10, Common English Bible
I hope you have relaxing and fun plans for the 4th of Julythis weekend. As we celebrate our country’s independence, I have been thinking again of the amazing even that happened less than two months after that first July 4. You probably know the story too. It wasAugust 29 of that same year and George Washington was in trouble. He and his army were surrounded by the British on Brooklyn Heights in New York with the East River at their backs. To stay and fight would be suicide for his troops and probably mean the end of the Revolution as well. Washington and his generals decided to retreat.
But how? There seemed to be no way out.
Then several amazing things took place: night fell and a storm came up which kept the British boats from advancing, then as the troops snuck down the river in rowboats the storm eased and the wind was at their backs, finally as dawn was coming several thousand troops were still in danger but a thick fog rose from the river covering both the boats and the troop encampments. It is astounding to consider that 9,000 troops were able to get away.
What do we do with this story?
Was it just happenstance that a storm came and went and then fog rolled in? As humans, we cannot ever know for certain but we do know that God works through the mechanisms of our world. We know that God has not walked away from his Creation and so he will use whatever is available to make sure his will is done. And we also know that God’s will cannot be thwarted, that somehow his will will be done. It is what we pray each time we offer the Lord’s Prayer: “thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Though we cannot decipher every moment, we can know for certain that God’s will is coming forth. It has been at work throughout our country’s history and it is at work throughout the world.
What a thing to celebrate!
Prayer: God of our nation and of the nations of this world, thank you for not walking away from us. Thank you for moving and working in this world. Give us the discernment to follow and strengthen what you are already doing in and around us. We pray for your will to continue to be done, here on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
Peace of Christ be with you all,