Litany of Penitence: Part Three

[what I am calling] Part Three

We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us.
We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved
your Holy Spirit.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

There is a new kickstarter making the rounds, and I really hope it gets backed.  I don’t really know what they are titling the project, but the call is to “Help Find the Loneliest Whale.

There is, currently, roaming around the pacific ocean, a beautiful blue creature who is believed to have lived its entire life in isolation.  They have named this creature “52,” because it cries out at a frequency of 52 Hertz, a frequency which no other whales of its kind are able to understand.

262e9aa20d2e19cb40a15c889d36d3de_largeAs a lover of whales, and as a human-being who deeply fears isolation and loneliness, I am deeply grieved by the story of 52.  I don’t know if his story is, in fact, sad.  But it is, at least, familiar.

“Ocean noise pollution is fast becoming one of the world’s most harmful threats to marine mammals world-wide, especially whales. The causes are man-made: sonar blasts from military exercises, seismic air guns from fuel exploration and the whine of commercial ship crisscrossing the globe – every minute of every day.”

Our lives, and the environment we inhabit, are similarly polluted, making it near-impossible to discern the voice of God.  We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us.

The causes too, I believe, are man-made.  We have created an atmosphere for ourselves in which, it seems, God’s cries cannot be heard or understood.  But I do believe that God is crying out all over the place, calling out for us to take care of God’s people and creatures.

In every headline we scroll through, there is an opportunity to take action, to serve.  But instead we post about how awful it all is.  I myself, am thoroughly guilty of this.  We have not been true to the mind of Christ.

Perhaps the most well-known of the Lenten passages is Isaiah’s passage of justice and mercy, beginning with: “A voice cries out in the wilderness …”

That voice is still crying out today, in the streets and homes of our own nation and in the lands across the globe; in the Puget Sound and waters of the Arctic & Antarctic and all waters in between.  And that voice, the voice of God, is crying out with perhaps with the same longing as 52.  Their voices are crying to be heard, to be met and embraced.

I pray that this season, and always, we might see the pollution we surround ourselves with for that which it is: noise which only keeps us from hearing and understanding the voice of God.  And I pray that I would call to mind the mind of Christ, which would move me to serve all people and creatures who may come upon my path. And I pray that I would be personally grieved by that which grieves God’s Holy Spirit.  Have mercy on us, Lord.

The Search for the Loneliest Whale really is an incredible project.  Check out their video:


To learn more about their Kickstarter, click here.

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