Wednesday 5, 2023
For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
—2 Corinthians 1:5
The message of the cross is that senseless death is not foreign to God because it is through the cross that God lives in solidarity with all who suffer. The promise of new life that flows from the suffering God hanging from a tree is recapitulated in the ministry of the wounded Spirit, whose solidarity with a broken world is a token of divine forbearance and love. Hope then for a restored earth in our time is theologically rooted in the belief in the Spirit’s benevolent cohabitation with all of the damaged and forgotten members of the biosphere, human, and nonhuman alike. The Spirit’s abiding presence in a world wracked by human greed is a constant reminder that God desires the welfare of all members of the life web indeed, that no population of lifeforms is beyond the ken of divine love, no matter how serious, even permanent, the ecological damage might be to these living communities. —Mark I. Wallace, The Green Spirit: An Ecological Perspective
O Wounded Spirit who sees the broken world through the lens of love: we ask to be formed in your image, tended to by the web of life, and restored to the gentle possibility of peace in community. Have solidarity with us in all the impossibilities we face and make a way through toward renewal and promise. —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster