Let There Be Peace

The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. - Genesis 6:5-6

We got our younger daughter a fish tank (along with several fish) for her birthday. While it's only been 4 weeks, the fish tank has been full of underwater drama. Every week, we've had one or two fish go belly-up. Thankfully, the pet store has a 30 day "the fish will live" guarantee. However, several of the deaths have been a little "fishy." After seeing my 3rd return for replacement fish (in 3 weeks,) a store employee asked if there was any bullying going on with the the fish. At first, I was surprised by his question and didn't know how to respond. And then, I thought about one of the fish that was very territorial. (Note: this fish considers the entire bottom half of the tank his territory.) The employee explained that an overly aggressive fish can cause extreme stress and shorten the life-span of other fish. When I got home, I watched as the other fish greet the newcomers into their underwater community. Then, I watched carefully as the bully fish sized-up the newcomers and started chasing them around the tank. Yesterday, I returned my 4th (30 day guarantee) fish. At the same time, I removed this overly-aggressive bully from my fish tank exchanged it for a kinder, gentler fish. I hope (and pray) that there will be peace. Do you ever wonder what God is thinking as God sees the events unfolding around the world? What does God think as as human beings hurt one another and coordinate hateful attacks in houses of worship? How is God calling us (as the hands and feet of Christ) to respond? Friends, there's only one answer - LOVE. Sure, we can respond to violence with violence. We can respond to hate with hate - an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, but when does the hate & violence end? When does the lost vision and toothless mouths end? When does the healing ever begin? In Jesus Christ, God expressed the fullness of divine love for us. In Jesus, the eternal One stepped down from heaven and stepped into the confines of time and space. In Jesus, the almighty One became weak and susceptible to pain. In Jesus, God became flesh so that we might know the fullness of God's love, and then, God did the unthinkable - Jesus died on the cross. So - let's imitate the humbleness and love of Christ. Let's embrace the way that Christ lays out for us - to overcome hatred with love, to defeat darkness with light - and may there be peace. Pastor Caleb

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