The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
― Psalm 27:1
But the world can be a fearsome place.
And not just because of illness, or money worries, or dark alleys, but the fear of our greatest uncertainties. Does my work really matter? What is the future of our country? What will the world be like for my kids?
So much can seem uncertain.
But Jesus says, “the Kingdom of God is near.” In fact, not just near, but all around us. It has come and it is coming. The work we do now, the search for justice in our world, the love of neighbor and creation, is not for the purpose of building bigger barns or storehouses to call our own, but these are all bricks stacked upon each other for the building of his Towers, his Kingdom.
And his Kingdom is eternal, not fleeting, or failing as the world. If we build upon his foundation, our house will never crumble.
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
~Pastor Mike Middaugh