The end of the Story is the Beginning, when things start. Life in abundance received.
Without the Sacrifice I am nothing. Left to myself I am wholly a mess. Trust broken, hearts wrought. Fists clenched. Empty all. Naked, ashamed. Afraid to be known.
The beginning of the story was precision, perfect peace. Equal before God and one another.
Then humanity violated itself. Craving to rule, clutching power. We became a destruction, heart violation, betrayal. Damage done. Then world-weary. Worn out, simply used to being broken hearted. We forgot.
The end of the Story is the Beginning.
We know the end of the story,
But we live in our alienation, self-interest and suspicion. We live broken.
And God’s saying to us, trust me. I alone make promises. I alone will provide. The end of the story is your launch.
Why not love if you have the option between that and hate? Why does hate come so easily? Why judge? Or condemn? Why is it that Christians so often are known for how they judge others?
Jesus said blessed are the peacemakers.
But we don’t bring peace. We rejoice in someone’s suffering. Bin Laden is dead!
We wish for more for us which means less for them, who ever they are.
We can only think of our own needs. We groan about the price of gas and our grocery bill, when others have to take public transport and go to bed hungry. Often living with fear and financial insecurity. Have no home. Have nothing.
Why can’t we love more tenderly? I dare you. I dare you to love today. Be a peacemaker. Hold your tongue.
The world is waiting for us to love, in Jesus’ name.
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie,nor establish the truth.Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate.In fact, violence merely increases hate….Returning violence for violence multiples violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?