Bob Woods: God called us to love

The central theme of the creation story throughout the first chapter of Genesis is that "God saw that it was good."

But now God looks at all he has made, everything, and says, "It is not good."

It is not good that a person should be alone. Everything else is good, but this isn't.

Of course, God was with Adam in the garden, just like God always is with us. Then, when the animals were all done, all of nature, all of creation, they were with Adam in the garden. The whole world was there. Adam was not alone.

This really is all the religion anyone needs: just me, God and the great outdoors?

But when God saw it, when God saw one person, God and the great outdoors, God didn't say, "It doesn't get any better than this."

Instead, God said about this and only about this: "It is not good."

Creation wasn't finished yet. As long as one first person lives in isolation from other people, the creation is incomplete.

God is telling us that we can only grow through relationship and community.

We do not become whole or complete in isolation but through community, through the "other."

God has called us to come together as a church because without something like this we simply cannot be very Christian.

One of the central insights of Christianity is that being a part of a body of Christ is essential - church is where we come together to learn about love.

A man and his ever-nagging wife went on vacation to Jerusalem.

While they were there, the wife passed away. The undertaker told the husband, "You can have her shipped home for $5,000, or you can bury her here, in the Holy Land, for $150."

The man thought about it and told him he would just have her shipped home.

The undertaker asked, "Why would you spend $5,000 to ship your wife home when it would be wonderful to be buried here and you would spend only $150?"

The man replied, "Long ago a man died here, was buried here, and three days later, he rose from the dead. I just can't take that chance."

We all have people in our lives that we feel that way about. People we do not want to be resurrected, but hopefully, we have others who support us.

We were created from the beginning for community, for deep communion, because "it is not good for a human being to be alone."

All of us have been made in God's image. All of us have been blessed by the Creator.

We are not alone when our relationships are "fruitful" in the Spirit. We are set free for authentic right relationship with one another, each loved uniquely as God's child, each challenged and supported to grow in community.

Let's celebrate that Jesus welcomed us little children into his arms, and that Jesus took time to bless each and everyone of us.

God believes in us. We are part of God's family, a family that is called to love as we have been loved, to forgive as we have been forgiven, to give as we have been given, too.

Lets give thanks to God that we are not alone, that we have both each other and the Spirit of Christ amongst us, the Spirit who was, who is and who shall ever be one with us, one who truly loves us.

Blessed be God, day by day.

Amen.

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daybyday 4 years, 6 months ago

Jesus, in front of a crowd, was humilated, stripped naked, flogged severly, made to wear a crown of thorns, struck repeatedly, including both the head and face, and was spat upon. As He was then led, bloody and beaten, to the most severe punishment possible, He was additionally made to carry His own cross upon His own back. He was hung on a cross, His body weight was only supported by the spikes pounded through His hands and feet. As He hung there, still being mocked and ridiculed, some stole His clothing. During all of this, the few times He spoke were of forgiveness. Through this, we are offered life. For God, there were no mistakes; there were no second thoughts; nothing but sweet perfection. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Thy name on all the earth Who has displayed Thy splendor above the heavens. (Psalm 8:1)

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