Living Signs of Love

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

When I want words that sooth the human soul, I often go to one of my Henri Nouwen books. Nouwen was a Catholic priest who served and taught at several theological institutions. He was living among people with mental disabilities in Toronto when he died a couple of decades ago. Father Nouwen once wrote, “In a world so torn apart by rivalry, anger, and hatred, we have the privileged vocation to be living signs of a love that can bridge all divisions and heal all wounds.” Who doesn’t want to live a life that dwells in the truth of that quote? I know I do, and I meet many on a daily basis who want the same thing.

I watch God come to your children and mine each day with dreams and schemes of how they might be part of the healing ointment that this world craves. The more I see faithful people trying to reach into the wounds of the world from their living rooms to the town square of Cairo, I see evil push back. One of the greatest weapons Satan has is the simple words “give up.” When good people quit or grow apathetic, evil has more room to roam.

A text I have marked up in each of my bibles is Luke 18:1-8. It is the story of the widow before the unjust judge. The judge has all the political power but the widow has the persistent will that carries the day. Jesus uses this story as a way to say “…prayer is important and do not lose heart …” (Luke 18:1)

If the Holy Spirit can give each of us one characteristic of Jesus, may it be that we be as persistent as the widow of Luke 18 in prayer and service to the risen Lord Jesus the Christ. Seek the ways of hope and healing that chase away the “hatred and anger that can tear us apart.” It is this persistent truth that has preserved all these 7 years as the body of Christ known as God’s Grace Community Church. I look forward to coming together with each of you this Sunday for our Annual Missional Community Gathering to celebrate the mission and vision that God has persistently scattered among us.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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