Adam’s Devotional – November 29-December 5, 2018

From Adam…

It really is easier to believe that God’s not up to something.  It’s easier to believe that there are God forsaken places, times, and experiences. We can make sense of a God who is absent in suffering.  But a God who is with us in suffering– that’s downright offensive. The idea that God is present in the fires of California, in children dying from famine in Yemen, and in the moments when people we know and love say “no” to the gift of this life is offensive and inconvenient. How dare God be present in our pain.  How dare God offer us love in spaces when all we feel is hate. How dare God invade our raging chaos with hope-filled peace. But that’s what God does. God is born into the loneliness of a manger– born into the sadness of a mother and a father without a home. God doesn’t wait for us to be ready. God doesn’t wait for it to be appropriate or convenient.  God doesn’t show up just when we want it.  God shows up now. That’s what we mean when we say God’s up to something. We mean God is Emmanuel, God with us. Where are the places in your life that you believe are God forsaken? What are the spaces or relationships in your life where you believe God is absent? What would happen if you believed God was actually showing up in those spaces, waiting for you to notice the divine presence with you, hoping you’ll hear the Holy Spirit’s invitation to love, joy, and peace whether you’re ready or not?  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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