Faith that God is with us in life, in death and in life beyond death is an existentialist creed to which countless believers can witness. It gives sustaining meaning to the most disastrous events. John Shearman, Lectionary
I couldn’t agree with John more. In fact, I’d expand on his comment. Not only does our faith provide meaning and context to disaster, it provides an anchor for us as we explore the growth of our faith beyond traditional doctrine and dogma.
To recognize that we are always one with God is what gives us the ability to journey into the unknown future of our agapé relationship with Theos. Without that, we would be doomed to hide forever in the past, praying that the crumbling walls of our outdated institutions will keep out the realities of a changing world.
Just like the Israelites, there comes a time when we cross into new land; when manna no longer rains unquestioned from heaven; when we must accept that it is up to us to plant, and harvest; to learn new ways of relating to God and to each other.
On the day after the passover, on that very day, they ate the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year. Joshua 5:11- 12