By the Waters of Babylon – Ps. 137:1
Another week in exile! For people who are normally busy with good works and occupations, the exile is not normal! We find ourselves immobilized, inert, and certainly bored!! The joy of “unexpected vacation” is certainly hampered by fear and uncertainty. Yet, the certainty of the festival of Easter and the confidence that comes through our faith in an all-loving God helps to ease the burden.
Let me share with you a few thoughts about love as we rejoice in the love of our church family and the support it gives.
I cannot define the word love. I cannot say what it is, but I can say that I know when it does not exist. I can feel its absence in the marrow of my bones – sometimes hostility, sometimes indifference. Like an absence of love, I can tell when there is a lack of soul, a lack of justice, a lack of compassion, and a lack of brotherhood!
The fact that I cannot positively identify any of these does not stop me from performing those acts. Our lives as loving Christians will thrive when all these uncertainties are resolved and the acts of love, soul, justice, compassion, and brotherhood are revived in us. We can start now, as Lent draws to a close. It is not a matter of ego; it is a matter of community. “We the people…”