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It is the nature of light to fall indiscriminately

It is the nature of light to fall indiscriminately

The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, Bishop of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Provisional Bishop of Bethlehem, has this Christmas message appearing in The Morning Call. An excerpt:

The notion of enduring light is comforting in this season of short days and long nights. When we pick up a newspaper to learn of massacres in far-off places, racial unrest at home, and a rising tide of economic prosperity that is lifting only the boats of people who are already well off, it too is comforting to believe that darkness will not overcome us. I believe this.

God means to comfort us, yet God means to challenge us too. It is in the nature of light to fall indiscriminately. The sun shines on the just and the unjust alike. It lights the way of those we love and those we do not. It warms those who share our values and those who oppose them. Having worked so hard to “deserve” God’s grace, we are sometimes troubled to find that God, like the father in the story of the prodigal son, doesn’t always play by rules we find fair.

The church, like most other institutions, has struggled to absorb this lesson.

As they say, read it all.

Posted by John B. Chilton


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Emily Windsor

If God does not treat every child “alike,” and if “one man’s meat is another man’s poison,” what you imply is that God MUST have the wisdom and discernment necessary to parse each soul’s NEED.

“You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O Lord.” Psalm 139:2-4

He gave us two ways to approach Him : by Holy Law [Judaism] and by the Grace of our Adoption into the Sacrificial Baptism of His Son.

Sacrificial Baptism means, sometimes we have to simply give up everything in order to stand for Truth and what is Right.

Wimpishness is not on the program. And when the program is indifferent and impersonal, codified and ossified, we are called to give that up too.

Blessed be our holy daze.

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