Luke 8:40-56: They were all weeping and wailing for her; but he said, "Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and called out, "Child, get up!" Her spirit returned, and she got up at once.
The lyrics of the song “Let the River Run” say we are to “blaze a trail of desire through the darkening dawn.” The phrase “darkening dawn” speaks to me of humanity’s increasing knowledge of the world and decreasing knowledge of the divine. In one way, the light is increasing; in another, it is dimming.
When Jesus entered the scene to bring a little girl back to life, the people around “laughed at him, knowing she was dead.” In a few moments, though, “her spirit returned, and she got up at once.” The cynical crowd thought they knew everything about what was possible, and they mocked the only person who truly knew the power of God.
I am continually amazed at what humankind has learned to do in terms of invention, discovery, and especially healing. We know so much, and yet we increasingly discount the power of God to do anything.
The more we know, the less we understand. But we followers of Jesus are the ones who know God, who know that God’s power transcends anything the human mind can comprehend. We believe that God can accomplish feats we never dreamed in our human minds.
We live in the time of humankind’s ‘darkening dawn.”
Psalm 106; Wisdom 16:15-17:1; Romans 14:13-23
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