I find myself relating to God as introduced at the beginning of Genesis. All was chaos. Nothing seemed to make sense. Nothing seemed to be coming together. And God felt a need to bring order out of the chaos. God needed a place to stand, and water to drink, and the sun to shine, and the stars to twinkle. It wasn't going to happen on its own, so God got started bringing it into being. And day by day, piece by piece the chaos gave way to order. The sun and moon and stars came into being. There was water and land, vegetation, fish and animals, and even people made in God's image. And it was good. What is missing is how to stay sane when the chaos is happening, and before it all works out. I just keep looking to September and thinking, even though we will have boxes to unpack, we will finally be where we're going. And after all the days/weeks/months of working to bring order out of chaos, I, like God, will look forward to a time of Sabbath.
Creator God, things don't always go as we expected or anticipated. Curves are thrown, chaos ensues, legalities, rules, and bureaucratic nonsense confuse and confound. In the midst of our chaos and confusion we look to you, not only to help bring order, but also to keep our heads above water when we feel we are drowning. The hymn says, "Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord hear me, I implore you." And we know that even in the depths of whatever we are experiencing you are there, walking with us, lifting us up when we are too tired to keep going on our own power. Go with us, O God. Go before us to lift up the valleys, bring down the mountains, and make the paths straight........Amen.