At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. (Matthew 27.51 NRSV)

I remember reading about a church choir who was raising money to attend a music competition and decided to have a car wash. To their dismay, after a busy morning, the rain began pouring down in mid-afternoon, and the customers stopped coming. Finally one of the women printed this poster: "WE WASH," (and with an arrow pointed skyward) "GOD RINSES!" Business started booming again. This choir was bridged together by the rain in working cooperatively with God. Jesus is the one who bridges our lives with God.

There are some persons who think Christians are being presumptuous when we proclaim that Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. If there is one thing religion has taught us, it is that it is a vain gesture to reach up to God. Our arms are not long enough. So God has reached out to us. God became one of us and somehow through the miracle of the cross God has made it possible for us to share in the eternal.

Connection with the eternal gives us hope that we can overcome our troubles. Connection with the eternal gives us love for our neighbors, which always comes back to us through others who love us. And connection with the eternal gives us forgiveness so that we can in turn give others a second, third, or fourth chance in life.


God of community, keep me connected. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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