It’s election day, and it feels like we’re all holding our breath – life suspended and waiting.
But the sense of anxious waiting has long preceded this day. It’s been a part of the air we breathe since February, and Covid-19 entered our awareness.
Have you suspended family events, special trips, important decisions during this time? Have you even muffled the call of God in your life — to volunteer, join a small group, study scripture, act for justice, pray more deeply?
Our national pandemic can become an excuse to not heed the call of God. We may feel we’re stuck at home and can’t answer God’s call. We may insist we can’t function and get things done like we’re used to – in-person meetings, networking at community events, sitting down with supportive friends and lots laughter, sharing a meal, a glass of wine. None of that can happen – and, of course, those face-masks make everything harder!
We may feel we’re in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Maybe even that we’re the wrong person to answer God’s call.
This Sunday’s scripture lesson is about Moses’s many excuses to not answer God’s call. This lesson is urgently important for us – stretched between the restrictions on our lives and the profound needs in our world.
God makes a promise to Moses, however, that overcomes any excuses — even ours!