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Maybe looking people in the eye and telling them, 'God loves you irrevocably' won’t soften our hearts and end all harm. I dunno. But let’s try anyway and see what happens.
We don’t get a say in our inheritance, the pains transmitted from ancestor to descendant. But the emotional and spiritual inheritance that we leave behind? That’s another story.
We don’t have to be superheroes to sense when something is wrong. God created us with sensitive capabilities to have insight, to be attuned, to be proactive instead of silent.
Unless we know our weakness, we start believing that the world’s betterment hinges on us, that we are saviors. Unless we relinquish the solace of outcomes, the work turns bitter.
We can travel more lightly if we drop our demands along the way and pick up our gratitude gear. We can enjoy the world that God made and is remaking.
Maybe you woke up thinking about some catastrophe, and you shouted at God, 'These are your people.' Don’t be surprised when God points to them and says, 'They are your people.'
Jesus was forever crossing borders visible and invisible, tearing down fences and walls, and enlarging pastures so that all could live in safety, peace and plenty.
Does the leaf know the changing seasons, the looming changes, the shifting light? Does it welcome the transformation? Do we notice and have the courage to welcome change?
In crisis, we might be tempted to blame or belittle God. But Eugene Peterson suggests that current events call us to 'immediate awareness that … we are always dealing with God.'
On this day, of all days, we repent of our divisive ways, we commit to cooperate instead of conspire, and we find our security in the God of Many Names and No Borders.