Deborah Beach Giordano
© March 1, 2012
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
~ Psalm 100:4b-5
We affirm God’s goodness and compassion, and rely on the unfailing loyalty and love our Creator has for us.
A disordered child in Ohio guns down other children; a stray bullet falls out of the sky and kills a little girl standing in her backyard; a gentle Amish farmer is slaughtered by a careless driver.
Where is God’s steadfast love and goodness? Where is the almighty power and commitment to Life we proclaim? Why were these tragedies not averted?
Our pity tears our hearts nearly from their moorings as we witness the grief of these families, we look on helplessly at the disruption and confusion of their communities.
Where is God’s concern?
The atheists say that humans are all about fear and fighting; that self-interest, death and terror rule our lives. We are mere beasts, not God’s reflection.
Why this outpouring of compassion? Where does our love for utter strangers come from? Why do we reach out and seek to comfort those we will never meet?
Surely all these are outward signs of an inward Grace: the small, bright flame of the divine, glowing in each of us.
The kingdom of God is in our midst: gathered together, we become a radiant, roaring fire that warms hearts and changes lives and comforts those who mourn.
God’s steadfast love endures forever. Thanks be to God.