Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Epiphany 2c - Psalm 36:5-10

Psalm 36:5-10

You save humans and animals alike. While we depend on God to do the first, Lisa and I have been helping God do the latter for some time. We haven’t limited ourselves to cute animals either and share our TV room with a homeless possum and a pair of orphaned squirrels. God saves in that way as well. Salvation is not only for the cute and cuddly. All people are invited to take refuge. All people are invited to the feast of abundance. All people are invited to drink from the river of God’s delights. That is because the steadfast love of God extending to the heavens, stretched above the clouds, plunging to the depths of the ocean has no limit. We are the ones who qualify and quantify love by making a list and checking it twice to exclude the naughty and welcome the nice. It is our capacity for love that is limited, not God’s. And it is that same limited capacity for love that leads some to leave the invitation unopened or discard it as irrelevant. But God’s love remains steadfast waiting to save those whose eyes have grown accustomed to darkness imitating light. But God’s waiting is rewarded when our capacity to love becomes more like God’s and in living limitless love with upright hearts we become part of the saving for someone else.

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