“God’s grace abounds…even for the unresponsive, the unknowing, and the undeserving.”
When we love our enemies, forgive those who have done us evil, pray for those who act like they have no health in them, we are giving, giving, giving from the running-over measure of God, who is always filling our laps with more.
Worrying is definitely a problem because of how much it hinders our lives.
One thing we learn from people of deep faith is that to trust God takes a lifetime of practice. It takes going through storms, many storms. It takes having the “waves” of hardship, challenges, struggle, and pain surge around us and crash down on us… while somehow having peace in the midst of it all.
Sometimes there are larger forces at work that just seem to take hold of people. Evil takes on a life of its own to the point that it almost has personality to it, “it” has a name and a face.
“Do you see this woman?” Jesus’ question to his now-embarrassed host runs deeper than “Will you look at her?” It reveals a tear in the fabric of human community.
But in a profound sense, “What are you looking for?” or “Who are you looking for?” is a question at the heart of all other questions. It’s a question about our deepest longings.
When and how do we shirk God’s prophetic call to us by avoiding truth-telling? What truths do we avoid telling? What truths do avoid hearing?
We are grounded in love and gifted by God to be a people who promote and cultivate justice.
God just won’t give up on God’s people. God’s own heart recoils and responds with compassion and tenderness. So it should be with us.