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“ROOTED AND GROUNDED IN LOVE.” . . .  Ephesians 3:17



As we hear again or re-read the biblical stories, it is often comforting and even encouraging to see how very human and fallible the people are.  The folk mentioned, great or small, are never plaster saints.  They are not idealized or perfect.  Instead, they are all so recognizable human beings. They are like us.  Sometimes they are scared, anxious, confused, defensive, self-centered and act poorly. Sometimes they are capable of dashing acts of courage, benevolent hospitality, heart-warming love. Sometimes they do more and become more than they could have dreamed.

We see Moses at the burning bush arguing with God, most reluctant to return to Egypt and confront mighty pharaoh (Exodus 4:1,10-13). We hear about the great King David coveting the lovely Bathsheba and sending her husband to the front lines (2 Samuel 11:2-27).  Elijah, first of the prophets, is portrayed despairing and wallowing in self-pity in the wilderness cave, crying that he is the only faithful person left in Israel (I Kings 19:10,14).  In the New Testament, Jesus’ followers are described again and again as a mixed bag of raw recruits.  They are not promising students, slow to understand their teacher’s message, lacking in clear motivation and commitment.  The classic example is the story of Peter and his three-fold denial of Jesus on that last night (Mark 14:66-72).

We cannot but help take heart from these stories.  They underscore that God can and does take us as we are. They confirm that God can and does use and renovate us, overriding our weakness and confusion and whatever else we may not like about ourselves.  It is good news to be reminded that God is ultimately in charge and that we are loved and accepted, needed and transformed by God, starting right where we are, here and now.

In Christ’s love,






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