This post has 2 parts: one written before the news of San Bernadino, one written afterwards. I ask for your patience and grace in reading both parts as we struggle together through these hard issues.
I find that I am drawn to people who live their lives passionately…people who feel strongly and love deeply. Even if I don’t completely understand the focus of their passion, I appreciate the wholehearted devotion with which they pursue their goal. Apathy and cynicism seem like such a waste in a world where there is so much beauty to embrace and yet, still so much that needs to be changed. Part of the reason I love being around teenagers and young adults such as my kids and their friends is their tendency to live their lives with this kind of intensity, commitment, and emotion.
As I think about this propensity we have to feel passionately, I am reminded that this characteristic is handed down from our heavenly Father in whose image we are created. This morning, I read one of my favorite Christmas season verses. In Isaiah 9:6-7, we find the familiar verses about the coming Messiah, “He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace….” It goes on to say that this promised One will bring peace, justice and righteousness that will have no end. How will this happen? Continue reading