A recent column in the ELCA’s Worship News (September, 2015) included the following: “A pastoral care professor in seminary created a bumper sticker, “WIGIAT.” It stands for “Where is God in all of this?”
The “this” being: life, the world, the church, the good, the bad, the ugly, the joy, the fear and so on.
It seems an appropriate question to ask often these days. We have witnessed violence rip and tear through this world and this country...We feel horror at what we see through the terror of the Islamic State group (ISIS) or the breaking of hearts at natural disasters…
William Sloane Coffin reminds us, “The world, of course, is in a frightful mess, but because of us, not because of God. God could only clean up the mess by taking away our freedom. But without freedom where could love be?
So paradoxically, it is because God is a loving God that there is so much suffering in the world. But because God is a loving God he is suffering too, and suffering also through the bodies and souls of his creatures, which is why Paul writes, ‘For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake.’”
Each and every time we gather for worship, we have a profound opportunity that the world cannot give. We gather around the gifts of God’s grace; these gifts that remind us “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” (1 John 4:16,18).
Worship provides us with that profound opportunity to be reminded that we are not alone in the “this” of life. Worship provides us with an opportunity to be reminded, “WIGIAT” that God was, is and will be forever with us.”
Especially during this blessed season of Lent and Easter, we have the reminder that God is with us, in the suffering, and in the promise of resurrection and new life.
If you are asking WIGIAT, join us in worship to receive the promises of God and the gift of a community on the journey together.