Meditation written by Cathy Tamsberg.
Read by Colleen Farris.
One of our lectionary texts for today begins the famous story of Job, who lost everything and yet refused to curse or blame God. (Job 1:1-22) No doubt few of us would be able to withstand the loss of family and property while retaining such a strong belief in God’s presence and goodness. Job was indeed an amazing gentleman. In fact, the theme for today’s lectionary is the activity of Satan, who made a deal with God to test Job and who, according to Scripture, entered Judas, causing him to betray Jesus. (Luke 21:34-22:6)
What do you believe about the presence—or absence—of evil in our world? Is it a presence independent of humanity, or is it humanity’s greed and lust for power run amok? Most of us at Pullen believe in original blessing rather than original sin. We see nothing but goodness in a newborn child. What happens to turn an innocent baby into a Hitler or an Osama Bin Laden? In our Lenten journey, we are moving toward Good Friday when government officials with support from religious leaders and everyday citizens authorize the execution of Jesus, feeder of the hungry and healer of the sick.
Whatever our beliefs about Satan or evil, humans are definitely capable of terrible acts against each other and the planet. One young child, after watching the evening TV news reports of murders and violence, looked at his mother and asked, “Mommy, why can’t we make a world where it’s easier to be good?” We are co-creators with the Divine in making our world. Consider today how you might make it easier for someone who is tempted otherwise to be “good.”
This meditation is from “Lent: Sowing Season, Holy Time,” a collection of daily readings by Associate Pastor Cathy Tamsberg. Each day during Lent, from Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013, to Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, a new excerpt read by a member of the Pullen congregation will be made available. To hear each day’s reading as it is published, subscribe to Pullen’s RSS feed, or listen to the podcast in iTunes.