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Saturday, March 20

Contributed by Shelly Chandler

Habakkuk 3:2-13

“You came out to deliver your people,
to save your anointed one.”

When will it all end!
Violence, injustice, destruction, conflict.
Habakkuk cries out to God in the opening verses. He has grown weary of the
wickedness that he witnesses all around him. He desires for people to live in
peace and harmony with one another.
When will it all end!
Violence, injustice, destruction, conflict, PANDEMIC.
We too cry out to God. We have grown weary of the wickedness that we
witness around us. And, perhaps more so, we have grown weary of pandemic
living. We long to return to pre-pandemic life, a time of renewed relationship
with one another.
The world often seems to be spinning out of our control. And it is! We hold no
control. We can no more bring about God’s Kingdom than we can halt the
movement of the sun across the sky. But God can!
In our reading today, Habakkuk shares a vision of God’s coming and once
again conquering the chaos, as God first did at creation (Gen. 1). God stands
in the middle of the chaos that humanity has both willingly and unwittingly
brought about—the only light in the darkness—destroying that which is judged
to be wicked and saving God’s people.
God is the One who will usher in God’s Kingdom… in God’s time. And
knowing this, we can trust that God will bring us through all that we wish
would simply end… in God’s time.

Almighty God, help us to focus our prayers on “thy will” not “my will,”
no matter the challenges we face. Amen.

The Rev. Shelly Chandler is a St. Andrew’s Hall / Vancouver School of Theology graduate.
She currently serves in First and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Churches in Pictou, Nova Scotia