April 3, 2017

Lent 2017: Day Twenty-Nine

Week Five: Larger Fears Require Bolder Actions

Reflection for the Week: How can I be a courageous partner in God’s creative goodness?

If you could have anyone you want walk through your door today, who would it be? Take a minute to read that question over again, and answer it in your heart before you read on.

For many, the person thought of when asked the question above is someone who represents the most loving relationship in their life — someone whose loving presence makes life good and full. In some cases, the person individuals most want to have walk through the door is someone who can answer the questions they are presently facing in life, or someone who is strong enough and wise enough to help them through the present struggles of life. For most people, that someone is no longer present.

In each case, I believe people think of this as a metaphor for the love we all seek in relationship — the caring one we want to see walk through our door each day. Ultimately, that love originates in God’s creative goodness, and first came to us in the person of Jesus Christ, who shows us all how to walk through the doors of those in need of love and care.

The God who comes to us in Jesus Christ is a God who initiates love, a God who incarnates love, a God who is not waiting for us to come to God, a God who comes to us in so many ways through so many loved ones each day so that we “may have life, and have it to the full.”

Prayer: Gracious God of steadfast love, may I hear you at the door and open. Amen.

Rev. John Farley
Dean of Cabinet
California-Pacific Conference