031202 Finding God in the Mystery of every day
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Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Yes, but when? Soon and very soon. He is coming again. Remember the line from the Jack Hayford hymn- “There has not failed, one word of all His promise. All He has promised He has done just as He said…” Can you take any comfort from this today? I surely do. But, there is yet a time of waiting and serving that we must endure, through which we are called to persevere. In a world where we are constantly told to give up, to surrender to the inevitable, to look only to the grave, we must stand and shout defiantly that this is not our fate. Jesus is coming to take us home to heaven but for the time being we are to demonstrate the same kind of love that led Jesus to the cross. That is hard. Learning to love or enemies is hard. Learning to give ourselves over to prayer is hard. Learning to have the courage to face our friends with love when they reject us is hard. The Way is narrow and steep. Are you discouraged yet?
The only remedy for this is to see the face of Jesus as he restores and shows love to all of His disciples sharing with them the mission they must undertake to “be making disciples as they go [into all the world}. (My translation.) Until then, learn to forgive yourself when you are weak, then get up and keep walking.