Taking a Scripture course in Jerusalem one summer, I learned why the coming of dew is such a beloved Old Testament image. In that dry climate, the dew really falls on summer nights, wet and welcome like rain, to nourish all that grows. Can you imagine thirsty leaves drinking it in, gloriously greening? Parched earth soaking it up, becoming rich and moist?
Can we become green and fertile like that? Sometimes we get bitter and hard with life; sometimes empty and arid; sometimes withered and faded. It seems hard to believe things could ever change, to believe that we could ever change. But today’s readings show that all the hurts and harms can be healed. We can be made better than we were. How? What is the dew that we need? Claim the one God; there is no other. Receive the one Christ; in him, life is renewed, and we are blessed.
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