Scripture of the Day
So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share, not only the gospel of God, but also our own selves. (
1 Thessalonians 2:8
The life of faith I want is not and cannot be achieved in isolation. To follow Jesus, to allow Jesus into my heart, is to make my life porous. I don’t want to be just passively receptive to people; I want to be susceptible to the height of their dreams and the depths of their agony. I want to accept the word of Christ and take them seriously as a way of life. For me to care for someone I can’t just tell them about the good news of Jesus without sharing how I have come to know him and love him in my own life.
Jesus, to love my neighbor — as myself and as you have loved me — is more dangerous than I thought. I don’t want to share my story. I sure as hell don’t want to tell people about the nights I’ve cried or the mornings I did not get out of bed. I want to present only a good image to the church, but this betrays your vision of a beloved community. Drag me out from behind my emerald curtain that I may be seen and that I may truly see. Amen.