There are many examples of God’s plenty but where is God when there is nothing and there appears to be no hope? In this week’s sermon, Ryan Paige looks at the book of Joel. Joel writes as wave after wave of Locusts devastate everything. Crops are wiped out, even the seeds are eaten, with no food the livestock are dying, even the forest and wild animals are devastated. Joel tells Israel to cry out and lament. When we lament we acknowledge wrongs, share pain and call out injustice. In doing so we give voice and agency to those suffering and move people to act against the injustice.
The Prophet Joel, Locusts and Lamenting – Oct. 20, 2019