Waiting and Hope

July 23, 2010

MORNING PSALM 130The storm is about 30 miles south-southwest of Miami. Bonnie could enter the Gulf of Mexico by this afternoon. Tropical Storm Warning issued for the entire News 5 viewing area. That means tropical storm conditions are likely within 36 hours.  Oil Spill

1Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.

2Lord, hear my voice!

5I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,

and in his word I hope;

6my soul waits for the Lord

more than those who watch for the morning,

more than those who watch for the morning.

7O Israel, hope in the LORD!

For with the LORD there is steadfast love,

and with him is great power to redeem.

This morning for about half the day the internet was down because of a cable service problem in our area.  So we waited.  Of course they would eventually fix it, and no, we would not be reimbursed for the service we paid for but couldn’t use – but that’s modern life.

I have sometimes both marveled about how internet-dependent I have grown to be, and fantasized about a return to the computer-less world of the pen and yellow pad of paper.  The post-hurricane world of no electricity for days comes close to that scene.  It’s a scary time; even the ATM  machines don’t let you get to your money if your bank is also off-line.

Now, tropical storm Bonnie is over the tip of Florida, headed into the Gulf, and who knows where she will make landfall?  We wait and hope; hope  that it will not go over the Deep Horizon well disaster site – but it looks bound to; hope that it won’t push a surge of oil onto Louisiana marsh lands – but it looks like it will; hope that we will learn from all of this and realize that dependence on oil from fragile eco-systems beyond our ability to manage is intolerable risk and probably morally unjustifiable going forward – but addicts don’t make great students, do we?

Anyway, my base-line hope is not in global markets, nor in multi-national corporations; nor in democratically elected politicians; none of which sources are deep enough when the cry of need comes, “out of the depths” (v. 1).

Not in a superficial  nor glib way, but in a deep realization that there are not other adequate options, I must assert that my hop is in the Lord, who is able to redeem evil and work good.  Evil happens before redemption – that’s the horrible, and all-too-human dilemma; in between the evil and the redemption is the waiting – the time of hope.

7O Israel, hope in the LORD!

For with the LORD there is steadfast love,

and with him is great power to redeem.

8It is he who will redeem Israel

from all its iniquities.

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