Tuesday, September 29, 2009
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7
Some days I have plenty of stories to tell and other days I ache to find words for this reflection. I have been sitting here asking God for a story and no one story comes - but a million instances of friends and strangers who offer just what I need at a particular moment. Sometimes an helping hand, sometimes a smile or hug and other times the courage to endure. The hymn "Seek ye first" keeps rolling in my mind and I hear many voices of friends and family, both the living and those with earthly journeys complete, singing that hymn - particularly the alleluias.
So for today, I offer this simple reflection. "Which one of you, if his child asks for bread, will give them a stone? Or if they asks for a fish, will give them a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask!"
Today, in this passage, Jesus sums it up completely. We are all very human, but we know how to love and give to our love ones. We are the children of God, broken, needy and human, and God loves us completely. Gods desire is not judgment but delighting in the family. In our human blindness, we might chose to be right rather than enjoyed our family - but not so with God. Ask, seek, knock. God waits upon us, day and night, with love aching to be freed in our midst.