All of creation is telling the glory of the Living God (Psalm 19:1). Every
creature is a book about God, writes Christian mystic Meister Eckhart. The
surprise is that God who arranged the heavens with intricate care desires to
be in joyful relationship with you and me (Psalm 8:4). We matter to God.
Out of a deep and respectful love for us, God respects our freedom to
choose how we live our lives. Sadly, humanity has sometimes chosen poorly.
We have caused tragic harm to each other, ourselves, and the other
creatures with whom we share this living home. We have released
brokenness, distrust, and violence into our life together.
Jesus came to release into our world a love strong enough to heal the
brokenness and awaken the consciences of those who are continuing to
live harmfully. He calls us into relationship with himself and gives us the
privilege of being together so that we can practice this new and powerful
love in community.
In the process of healing us from the sin that tends to isolate us, God gently
turns our lives upside down. Those accustomed to power are given such a
taste of God’s Spirit that they begin to welcome and even boast in their
powerlessness (1 Corinthians 11:30). Those who were lonely bask in the
warmth of genuine spiritual friendship. God has a way of helping us realize
that we are most healthy when we are not the center of our lives. As you
are reading this, I invite you to consider placing your trust in Jesus. Come
and join us in the mystery and adventure of being guided and transformed
by God’s love.