At Jesus' Feet

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

One of my favorite theologians, Anne Lamott says, “You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image, when it turns out that God hates the same people that you do.”

In John 8:2-11, the people are ready to stone a woman to death who has been caught in the act of adultery. Jesus comes along and says, ”Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” Upon hearing Jesus teaching, no one in the crowd is ready to throw a stone. The people leave and Jesus tells the woman “Has no one stayed to condemn you?...Then neither do I.” (John 8:10)

Richard Rohr says, “We each desire to export our evil elsewhere.” Each of us would rather impose our pain on another than to deal with our own sin.

My observation is that too many human relationships are based upon a common enemy versus having the courage to really share your vulnerability with another in Jesus’ name. It is easier short term, to harbor a grudge than to forgive and offer grace. Long term, we end up with shallow short -term relationships that cannot stand up to the test of sin and pain.

Somehow some of the greatest sinners of all time found their way to the feet of Jesus. Jesus offered up love, forgiveness and grace with the longevity of eternity. I am a sinner that prays for the courage to throw myself at Jesus feet. May I find you at Christ’s feet as well.

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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