Faith Matters: God makes a way

  • The Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey at the Halifax Union Society in Halifax, Vt. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey of the Halifax Union Society. June 23, 2017. PAUL FRANZ

  • Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey of the Halifax Union Society. June 23, 2017. PAUL FRANZ

  • Halifax Union Society in Halifax, VT. Paul Franz

Halifax (Vt.) Union Society
Published: 6/29/2020 11:24:13 AM

(Each Saturday, a faith leader offers a personal perspective in this space. To become part of this series, email religion@recorder.com)

As we approach the July 4th celebration, remembering the ideals and high hopes on which our country was founded, we are CONfounded. What in the world is COVID-19, and how in the world has it had the power to change plans, ways of living, ways of making a living, ideas of the future? And by now we all ought to know the name of George Floyd, as well as Ahmaud Arbery, Atatiana Jefferson, Breonna Taylor … the list goes on. My great-grandson is a black 12-year-old growing up in Alabama. Tell me, what might his future be?

Our churches, which might be able to take a stand, have been unable to meet publicly, safely, since February. In the Gospel of John, Jesus promises not to abandon us, but that ... “You will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you.” Separated and quarantined physically — yes, we are — but separated from our center? NOT! Jesus makes encouraging promises to us from long ago that apply now, to this life we are facing. The promises He makes have held firm through all kinds of experiences, and they will hold firm now. He guaranteed it through His death and resurrection.

I’ve been attending a church in Florida virtually, and they sing a wonderful praise song, with lyrics by a woman named Sinach (Osinach Kalu), a Nigerian gospel music singer. The lyrics are worth seeing and hearing. The chorus says this: “You are the Way Maker, Miracle worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the darkness.”

In the whole history of God with us, we have seen over and over how God makes a way through impossible circumstances. Perhaps we might want to ask Him to make a way again, for us, now. In the whole history of God with us, we have seen how He moves in miraculous ways to help the people who cry out to Him. Perhaps it’s time for us to cry out … to “humble ourselves and pray.” In the whole history of God with us, we have learned over and over again that God keeps His promises. Jesus promised not to leave us as orphans, but to live in us and through us. Perhaps it’s time for each of us, quarantined and feeling lonely, to realize we have a constant companion, ready to walk with us. And in the whole history of God with us, we have seen how God’s light shines in the darkness. How faithful people have shined light into the shadows and brought things into our consciousness that we never paid attention to before. Open your eyes with your year 2020 perfect vision. Perhaps now is the time to look where the light is shining, and not turn our backs on what is revealed right before our eyes.

It’s time to remember a promise of God’s from the time of Israel, the time way before Jesus … and it’s time to take it to heed once again:

“If my people, who are called by my Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways (including our historic racism), then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

We all need healing. This has been a fearful, and for some, devastating time. Many of us have lost loved ones to COVID-19. Many of our Black sisters and brothers have lost loved ones to racist violence. Gathered or not, humility is ours for the seeking. Gathered or not, God’s face can be found. May we who seek God be blessed with the finding.

And may this coming 4th of July be a time that finds us true to our hopes, dreams, and ideals.

About the church

The Halifax Union Society is a non-denominational gathering of people who wish to worship God together. It was gathered in the 1700s by local people who wanted a church close enough to their homes so they could attend. Halifax Union Society building sits at the corner of Stowe Mountain Road and Jackson Hill Road, in what used to be Halifax Center. It meets in the evenings for song, prayer and scripture message. We begin meeting the first Sunday of July and we meet in the evenings at 6 p.m. We invite and welcome anyone who wishes to come.


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