Archive for the ‘Reflections’ Category

Refugees
March 9, 2019

This week I learned about the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. With 235,000 dislocated people, it is the third largest refugee camp in the world.

The largest are in Bangaldesh and Uganda.

It is impossible to imagine adequately the suffering, pain, longings and hope of so many of our fellow human beings.

Thinking About Justice
March 8, 2019

As you may know, a few agencies choose a Word of the Year, based on factors such as the frequency with which the word appears in the news and in word searches.

For 2018, Merriam Webster chose the word justice. It was a top lookup at Merriam-Webster.com and was at the center of many national debates.

From the Bible we learn that God has a passion for justice.

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? T o act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

“Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” Isaiah 30:18

“And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.” Luke 18:7-8

Achieving justice often seems like a far-off dream in our complicated and broken world. But justice, peace and reconciliation are all part of the heart-cry of all who care for the poor, the prisoners, the victims of human trafficking, refugees, persecuted Christians and the ordinary people caught in the conflicts of nations.

Do I care about justice?

Do I pray for justice for all the oppressed?

What can I do today to promote justice in my community and our world?

Life’s Journey
July 12, 2018

Before Ruth Bell Graham died in 2007, she chose for her tombstone an inscription that had nothing to do with her remarkable achievements throughout her life.

She told about an experience of driving one day on a highway through a construction area. There were miles of detours, slow progress, big equipment and cautionary signs. At last she came to the end of the work and saw this final sign: “End of construction. Thank you for your patience. ”

Later, Ruth decided on that very wording as the inscription for her tombstone:
“End of construction. Thank you for your patience.” *

All our lives, God is working in every believer to produce godly character and the fruit that the Holy Spirit brings. We are grateful for all who show patience with us as we journey through this process of spiritual formation.

* This story is told by John Ortberg in his book “Soul Keeping.”