Living in Southern Nevada, I was close to the tragic events of October 1st.
58 human beings were mercilessly murdered in a senseless act. Hundreds were wounded. Two of my students were among the injured. One friend was fleeing for her life when she saw a man bleeding profusely from his gunshot wound. She stopped, applied pressure and saved his life.
Whether it was the Texas A&M shooting back in the 1960s, the Sandy Hook shooting, the Columbine shooting, or Route 91, these events leave us in a state of shock and trauma. Who could kill children at school? Who could murder concert attendees?
Our image of God becomes monumentally important when events like these take place. If we imagine God as withholding love, mercy, and ministry in moments like these we do God a great disservice. And, yet, the Baylor University study on the image of God shows that the vast majority of people believe that God is either authoritarian, critical and/or distant, not interested.
Only as we courageously venture to the inner recesses of our soul do we discover, in certainty, the God of all creation to be eternal in Unconditional Love, universal in Unfailing Mercy, and infinite in Matchless Goodwill. As we approach the end of a year, 2017, that saw such tragedies, that witnessed the advance of global warming and its effects, that wondered at nations daring to suggest the option of nuclear war, are you willing to rededicate yourself to the God, who loves you, uniquely, and without conditions, who cares for your personal welfare, like no one else ever could, and who in ways mysterious, ministers to you, even now???
As we open our hearts and minds to this God of Galaxies, we discover a renewed enthusiasm to run the good race of faith, to let people know through our lives that love governs the universe, that mercy is the air we breathe, and that unselfish service is our pathway to freedom. Are you willing to give God your time by consenting to God’s Presence and Action in your life? Are you willing to affirm the Supreme Values of existence, by being transformed by those values?
Are you willing to express matchless goodwill with every step of your being?
“Of God, the most inescapable of all presences, the most real of all facts, the most living of all truths, the most loving of all friends, and the most divine of all values, we have the right to be the most certain of all universe experiences.” (102:7.10)
May your life be an expression of such certitude! Shalom, Peace, Salaam!