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Tuesday 7 May 
The song of the sea 

 

Read Exodus 15:1–12Read Exodus 15:1–12At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up, the floods stood up ina heap; the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea … You blew withyour wind, the sea covered them; they sank like lead in the mightywaters.(verses 8, 10)

We realise we are facing times of hatred and war. We cannot trustWe realise we are facing times of hatred and war. We cannot trustin our future nor be complacent about what kind of world ourchildren will live in. But, should the worst happen, when eventswill come close to destroying us, where can we go for healing ouranger, our wounds or resentments? Is an idea like forgiveness orletting go possible in our world?

While reading these verses, I asked myself: is this a song ofWhile reading these verses, I asked myself: is this a song ofvictorious vengeance over enemies or a memorial song to celebratethe mighty deeds of God in favour of his people? That is, I wonder ifthis song sings out the possibility that endless disgrace can be castby God into the depths of the sea. Is it possible to find a parallelbetween the heart of the sea, in these verses, and God’s depthsof mercy? Can the infinite curse of endless hatred, be annihilated,annulled, by justice and grace?

The depths of mercy are the place of forgiveness and forgetfulness,The depths of mercy are the place of forgiveness and forgetfulness,as the prophet said: ‘He will again have compassion upon us; hewill tread our iniquities under foot. You will cast all our sins into thedepths of the sea’ (Micah 7:19)

If we want to restore balance to life on Earth, accept it as ourIf we want to restore balance to life on Earth, accept it as ourcommon house and live in peace with our neighbours, we will needto find the right way. So let us ask for forgiveness and forgetfulnessfrom the one who is able to cast our sins into the depths of the seaand welcome us in the depths of his love..

† Merciful and graceful God, clean my heart and mind from all I don’t need to carry;Merciful and graceful God, clean my heart and mind from all I don’t need to carry;and free our world from prejudice and hate. Amen