“You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.”
“[The angels] asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying?’ ‘They have taken my Lord away,’ she said, ‘and I don’t know where they have put him.’ At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.”
“Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.”
Eternal God, you spread the invisible shield of your hands around your loved ones.
When we step into a troubling future with precarious faith, we look back to find you faithfully within arm’s reach. When our past threatens to attack, you guard our way.
Help us trust that though you may delay confirmation, you will securely hem us in. Teach us to follow the unrecognized yet reassuring presence at our burdened shoulder.
Thank you that we find the resurrected Christ behind us, as close as a tear-filled turn. It is in his name that we pray.
Listen to ‘Poor Sinner Dejected with Fear’ featuring MP Jones and Katy Bowser