When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, he replied, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself. All the other commandments and demands of the prophets stem from these two laws and are fulfilled if you obey them.”
How can we live in Christ's victory or build resilience in the violent culture around us? How do we call out those in power to deal with unjust policies? It all starts in the Father's heart to forgive, as Jesus forgave, by His wounds we are healed. As individuals build resilience and heal, we bring healing into the world with us instead of carrying the guilt and shame of those who chose us as their' scapegoat.'
When the church is not the refuge we had hoped for and adds to the abuse, we have nowhere to turn.
"I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind's problems." "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." MLK. May we open our hearts to love to keep the flow of God's goodness into our hurting and broken world.
It has taken me most of my life to reconnect with this Father, the Creator, the Good Shepherd, the mother hen God who shelters and protects in the shadow of His wings. It has taken time to deconstruct the angry God and reconstruct the loving God, who protects, provides, and is the lover of my soul. How have I been able to do this?