God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
A covenant is a promise; and in today’s reading God makes a promise to Noah to always be by his side, and to watch over and protect him and his descendants. God’s covenant is also with all of us too…it is a promise to stay connected to us, that we will always be the children of God, and as such that we will always be surrounded by God’s love for us and that God will always watch over us…
The covenant God has made with Noah, and with all of us is like the promise we have made to our children…to be there for them, to raise them and to love them regardless of whatever else happens.
Of course, it can be argued that we had no choice in the matter, these are our children, what else could we do but take care of them? But the truth is that we did have a choice…we did not have to take on the responsibilities of being a single parent, many of us could have chosen to be part-time or absentee parents, turning our children over to their other parent, family members or social services; however, we would not think of it…because they ARE our children!
In a similar way God has chosen to be like our perfect parent, loving us always and unconditionally, and not because there is no other choice, but because God wants to care for us all…after all God keeps promises his children…just like we try to do.
As single parents we have made a powerful commitment to our children, and have sacrificed to ensure their well-being; in this way we are following the call of Christ to share the gospel by caring for others, and in doing so, we are helping to strengthen our connection to God and to each other, and continuing in the covenant that God made with Noah, and then renewed through Moses and redefined in the light of the resurrected Christ!
Let us Pray
God, thank you for keeping your covenant with us, and for reaching out to make a connection with us by surrounding us with your love and grace. In this time of Advent, as we are preparing the way for the culmination of your promise: the birth of Christ, help us to share your gifts of love and hope with our children and each other by treating each other with compassion and care; and therefore living our part of the covenant we share with you.