Wednesday Words - Unraveled

July 29, 2020

Pr. Paul Cannon

Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Matthew 14:29-30

Starting to feel a little unraveled? Yeah, we are too.

Covid is unraveling everything. Our family vacation to South Dakota? Cancelled. Mission Trip to New York City? In hindsight, laughable. School? Isaac is starting Kindergarten in the fall, masked up, half-day + an hour of e-learning … not sure how we’re going to pull that off with two working parents. Church? Hope you reserved your spot ahead of time …

It’s not just our summer plans that are unraveling either. I know my problems are small compared to many, but it’s hitting me too, physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. I’ve been trapped at home (less than some), staring at computer screens way too much and talking to real live people way too little. My smile is hidden through a mask; hugs and hi fives are no-touch from a distance.

It’s enough to unravel you.

Like Peter, we feel the cold waves splashing around our ankles and shins, fearful that the bottom is going to drop out. “Lord, save us,” is our cry. Reach your hand out people, help is not far away.

On Sunday we’ll begin a new theme (you guessed it), Unraveled. If the theme feels divinely inspired, as if tailored to your life right now, we felt it too. It comes from a liturgy group called “A Sanctified Art” which has helped us with many of our themes over the past year or two.

Though it feels timely, it was actually written for 2019; it’s perhaps more prophetic than it was originally intended. Listen to what Sanctified Art has to say about it:

What happens when our world falls apart? How do we press onward when our tightly knit plans unravel into loose threads? What do we become when our identity—or the path we're on—comes undone? What if all of this is not the end we fear it will be? In our unraveling, sometimes life surprises us with unexpected joy, love, and hope— with a new beginning we couldn’t have imagined. Sometimes we need God to unravel us, for we long to be changed. These are stories where God meets us in the spiraling, unraveling our plans—and us—into something new.

In all of this, there is an outstretched hand waiting for you. There is an invitation into deeper faith, even as the waters lap up against your ankles. Maybe this unraveling is merely an opportunity for God to weave us back together. This we pray. Amen.