“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to my supplications!” - Psalm 130
I see them now down by the river: adolescent boys casting lines or net towards imagined fish lurking just below the surface waiting; a young woman taking her dinghy out past the lagoon at sunrise. Back at the river park, a yoga class spreads out across the grass, socially distanced yet near enough to share a story and laugh about it. Older men park lawn chairs in a wide circle, clutching drive-through breakfast bags and hot coffee as their morning ritual begins.
Beneath the apparent pleasures of what looks to be a perfect spring day, a shadow lingers. Weeks of social distancing leave more of us than not, lonely and anxious about many things. Our shuttered houses and hearts need a bit more sunshine and a lot more hugs.
Others who re-discovered the secret pleasures of reading, or making a simple meal, or taking a walk down a nearly deserted lane at sunset may feel guilty to experience pleasure when so many suffer.
The writer of the Psalms meets the discouraged with words of hope. Our God is big enough to hear the truth of our lament. As God’s beloved children, we don’t have to pretend everything is all right all the time. Sometimes it isn’t. Some things hurt. Some situations are so big that they take a whole season to resolve, or even years. Grief hangs on longer than we think or want.
With more time on our hands, a sadness may rise unbidden that we can’t yet safely visit family members: parents, children, grandchildren, sibling, or even that long planned trip with a dear friend.
Psalm 130 includes the promise that there is hope for you, and that we can watch and wait for it expectant with each new day. We are reminded throughout this Easter season that every morning is Easter morning. As Easter people, the old has passed away, the new is come. Whatever you’re up against, whatever is up against you, remember this good news:
“O Vero Beach, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
And with God is great power to redeem.” Psalm 130, verse 7
You are loved. You are not alone. All manner of things shall be well.
Grace, Mercy and Peace,
Rev. Dr. Anna V. Copeland
Interim Senior Minister
The Community Church of Vero Beach