The Norman Transcript


May 24, 2013

So what do you think God is up to these days?



You can count on it.

We’re a handful

Well, God usually has his hands full, and I suspect these days are no different.

First of all, it took God a long, long time to create humanity, the earth and the world (or the other way around, depending on which creation account you are reading), and you know that had to be hard work.

Then it took God decades to save the Israelites from slavery and hammer out a covenant with them.

That required a lot of patience. Then it took God 30 years or so to teach humankind God’s new commandment of love and to witness to that commandment by dying on the cross. That took a lot of self-sacrifice. I suspect God is up to much the same today.

God is still creating new life. God brings children to birth through the blood and anguish of the birthing process, and God brings communities to rebirth through the resolve of Sandy Hook and the courage of Boston. God is still saving us from bondage to sin and death. God extends hope and forgiveness to perpetrators and sinners by repeatedly saying “I love you; return to me and let’s make a just world together.”

And God is still proclaiming his law of self-sacrificing love by motivating first responders and bystanders to possibly put themselves in harm’s way to save and comfort others.

God still has his hands full!

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