The Centripetal Cross
It feels as if things are pulling apart. The events of the last several weeks are immediate and irrefutable evidence. We have seen things we never thought we would see. We are preparing for things we never imagined. And this current season, while unique, and uniquely difficult, is really no more than a shared and exaggerated example of what life is always like. There is always someone who is ill. There is always someone who is losing a job. There is always someone who is dying. The nature of this world is that things pull apart.
The force that moves from inside to outside, that pulls things apart, is called centrifugal force. If you ever played on the merry-go-round at the playground, or took a corner too fast in a car, you know about centrifugal force. The opposite force, from outside to inside, is called centripetal force. Centripetal force pulls things back together.
At church this Sunday, we will be talking about the centripetal cross. We will look at how Jesus, the one "in whom all things hold together" (Colossians 1:17) and his cross are the remedy for a world that feels as if it is falling apart.