Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Blue Skies

"Nothing but blue skies from now on"

My youngest and I have been exchanging emails about her lost cell phone. It is amazing how reliant we are on these little communication devises, and how undone we can become when they get lost. And just how bureaucratic phone companies can be to replace an insured phone. In our frantic tries to rectify this situation, I was overwhelmed by the desire to promise I will make it all better - forever. It's a mom thing, a parent thing, a love thing. For those who have our hearts, we would give everything to give them a life without troubles, without rain or storm, without suffering or pain. We would do anything and everything. I am particularly challenged right now since I am in Alaska and she is at college in upstate New York.

I am reminded though, that God, who made us, made the love within us not unlike the love that God has for each of us. God's living compassion for each of us, is actively working like a loving parent to fix the broken, hold us tenderly and make the world new. "God loved the world so much that he gave his only son to the end that all the world should be saved." I am reminded, in this strange place, on this new adventure, and in the midst of bureaucracy that God's gift is as real today as it was nearly 2000 years ago. It is not retracted because of who we are, how we vote, or how well we believe. Like a loving parent, the activity of God is always for resolution, hope, healing and restoration. May we have the courage today to be agents of that hope and healing in a world without enough loving parents and with many broken hearts.

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