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Lent, Day 12

I am grateful for friends who read far more than I do.  A friend shared this quote with me from the book, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.  

...When you encounter another person, when you have dealings with anyone at all, it is as if a question is being put to you.  So you must think, What is the Lord asking of me in this moment, in this situation?  If you confront insult or antagonize, your first impulse will be to respond in kind.  But if you think, as it were, This is an emissary sent from the Lord, and some benefit is intended for me, first of all the occasion to demonstrate my faithfulness, the chance to show that I do in some small degree participate in the grace that saved me, you are free to act otherwise than as circumstances would seem to dictate.  You are free to act by your own lights.  You are freed at the same time of the impulse to hate or resent that person. (p. 124)

The journey we are on to the cross is not just a retelling of the story, but it is a bold declaration that this story, this truth, still has power and still shapes us.  The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is not just another miracle of God.  It is the transforming event in history and in our lives that makes and remakes us into children of God.  As such, we cannot see another person as a stranger, but must always be challenged to see them as a child of God, one of God's beloved.  

May you trust in your own identity as a child of God today and treat others with the same love and grace.


Posted by Laurie Weicher at 6:00 AM
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