Life is Short, But God is Long

“A gospel shout
And a gospel song:
Life is short
But God is long!”

Langston Hughes, from “Tambourines”

The aftermath of hurricane Harvey and the approach of Irma, the repeal of DACA by President Trump, disasters all around the world, the rise of North Korea and return of nuclear fear—on our own, in the face of these all we can say is “Life is Short”, and with the Teacher, “Everything is meaningless.

But God is long.

Long enough to stretch to all the places I can’t go and don’t know about. Long enough to reach to every place of hidden from the cameras and interests and policies of the West. Long enough to wrap the oppressed and forgotten in hope and love.

But God is long.

Long enough to see the beginning and the end, to be the beginning and the end.  Long enough to be before we invented of racism and long enough to see the hope of reconciliation.  Long enough to see the restoration of all evil.  Long enough to hope the hope when we have no more.

Can we offer this gospel shout—this gospel song?

Can we offer it to ourselves?
Can we offer it others?
Can we offer it to God?

A gospel shout
And a gospel song:
Life is short
But God is long!

Amen.



(This post it is part of my “
20 for 20” post where I write for twenty minutes a day for twenty days.  So these are quick thoughts as I push out my ideas and practice writing.  See my explanation here.)

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