I had just returned from a few days away---had visited with family, traveling some great country-side during the decline of winter and the faint emerging spring; a new season had been evident. I felt refreshed and hopeful. Then the morning news came crashing down—there had been a terrorist attack! It was far away, but far away is not far enough in our tiny world anymore. Words of fear, and hate, and anger, and pain, and insult filled the air.
It was not a satisfying day that day. But finally I settled down to think about it, and to reach out for thoughts to carry me beyond the present violence and feelings of helplessness. The words of the first chapter of The Gospel of John came to mind. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….And the Word became flesh and lived among us and we have seen his glory…full of grace and truth.” Not a word there about power and might, about retribution and dominance---but of so much more, about grace and truth. At the heart of this universe is not strife and violence and explosive, destructive power. At the heart of it is love, and goodness, and saving grace. At the heart of it is a God like Jesus!
Take heart. Not in the world’s latest news, but that in Christ is revealed the ultimate. “No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son…who has made him known.”