Scripture of the Day
God is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. (
With hurricanes came back-to-back between earthquakes, while fire burns the western forests, and floods southeastern villages, more than one person asked: “Is God angry with us?” The answer is: “No.” I’m not suggesting God is pleased with our present stewardship of all that has been entrusted to human care. But God’s disappointment does not come in wrath or fury. God’s expectation only flows in streams of love and kindness. Have we failed the earth and its people? Spectacularly. But God does not punish us, like a parent upon catching a teenager out past curfew. Neither does God release us from the consequences of our behavior, though. Forgiven by God, we must not deal in regret and shame, but strive always with ambition and hope.
Creator God, thank you for being better at this than I am. Sorry for those times when I lose my cool. And sorry when I presume that the speed of my rage is anything like the length of your understanding. Amen.