The air is frosty here in Fairbanks and the leaves are falling rapidly. The winter is coming on fast. What summer allows, a carelessness to the wind and weather, is quickly changing.The endless days of sunlight have disappeared and the dark has crept into the morning. One needs to move from individual pursuits to concern for our neighbors. To a position of being reconciled to the indoors, to sharing heat, and to finding ways to thrive, or at least survive through the winter. Our survival demands a humility and a community focus.
Jesus is responding to our human hearts. We all want to be loved and accepted by others and by God. We often build barriers to love by the chasms of hate and anger that we create. Our thriving depends on our willingness to be reconciled, to ask forgiveness and be forgiven. Our survival and growth depends on our recognizing our frailties and mistakes and removing them as a barrier to love.
Today I ask God to help me rush to forgiving and forgiveness. May we not be focused on our gifts and our pride but rather on love. May love truly rule our hearts today.