Rector's Column February 2017

by The Rev. Dr. Jason Parkin, Rector

During the Second World War, the French Underground, at a time when things were particularly grim, sent a brief message by telegraph to supporters in England. After much thought, they wired the words, "God reigns!" The message, however, was garbled in transit, and the English received it as "God resigns!" The English wired back, "Regret decision. British policy remains the same."

Gotta love the resolve of the British, especially during the darkest days of the War.

For some reason, this story puts me in mind of the month of February. Christmas seems long past, and Lent and Easter are yet to arrive. Pentecost? Won't happen for months. In other words, this is one of those stretches when we are simply called to move forward in our lives of faith, hopefully reveling in the expanding revelation of Jesus' identity and ministry as the season of Epiphany unfolds, but confident-despite the gloomy weather and the lack of any major Church feast-that, indeed, whatever the situation, whatever the circumstance, God reigns. In sorrow and in celebration; in trial and in triumph; in fear and in festivity: God reigns. If we can believe that in February, of all times, surely we can rest in that assurance at all times.

Along the same lines: some years ago, the 6th grade Sunday School class at the Church of St. John the Divine in Houston was challenged to summarize the Bible in 50 words. They did it in 48. Here is their creation:

God made, Adam bit
Noah arked, Abraham split
Jacob fooled, Joseph ruled
Bush talked, Moses balked
Pharaoh plagued, People walked
Sea divided, Tablets guided
Promise landed, Saul freaked
David peeked, Prophets warned
God walked, Love talked
Anger crucified, Hope died
Love rose, Spirit flamed
Word spread, God reigns

There it is again: God reigns. Even in February.