Thursday, December 20, 2018

Ablaze for Goodness: #AdventWord Day 19

Rabbi Abraham Heschel once wrote, “To us a single act of injustice--cheating in business, exploitation of the poor--is slight; to the prophets, a disaster. To us injustice is injurious to the welfare of the people; to the prophets it is a deathblow to existence: to us, an episode; to them, a catastrophe, a threat to the world.“ 

This is what happens when one is ablaze for God’s dreams for a world whole and good and fair and kind and gracious and merciful and slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. This empathy-driven passion not only sparked the prophets to speak, but also God to act and intervene into the human plight as one of us among us. This is the crux of the Advent and Christmas story, a God so ablaze for the world to be restored and reconciled that this God would rend the heavens and come down amidst catastrophe. This God is not so meek and mild, but ignited for the welfare and well-being of what was made good in the beginning. And it will be blazing with goodness again. May this be the hope that keeps us alight for the work ahead.

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