I guess you could call me a church-nerd. After all, I now remember important events on my personal timeline by referencing them to the dates of conventions and other church events.
Like the summer of 2011, when my dear mother died. Lorraine and I were just about to set out for the ELCIC’s National Convention in Saskatoon. My family in Vernon knew about the convention (well, of course!) and scheduled the funeral service accordingly.
That summer was a poignant time for various reasons-including that momentous church convention-but certainly because we commended Erna Reinhardt to God’s eternal care. I came up with a paraphrase of the verse that I have featured for today: “Be quiet and drink your wine.”
This is not to promote the sin of quietism; nor is it to advocate over-indulgence. Rather, it’s about the faith that the Spirit creates in us through Word and Sacrament. Wherever God breaks in, you and I are rendered passive, so that God may be God. To put it another way: for the sake of faith, the Lord must simply do it all.
Wait for the Lord?be quiet and drink your wine.
O God, strengthen and encourage me that I may take up life with confidence and joy. Amen. — CR