During the season of Lent I have been encouraging people to be more conscious of their health and well-being. I’ve encouraged you to take on things that make you whole again. It is hard to do in a world that markets things that are not always healthy for us. But God desires that we be whole.
For Christians throughout the world this week is known as Holy Week. It is a time where we look to Jesus who is the author and perfecter of our faith – the one who makes us whole. The human race is fractured and broken and death seems to have the upper hand. Violence and evil often seems to be winning but I contend that these things are passing and God will soon do something new. God wants the world to be whole and his people to be whole and to once again be restored.
Whether it is climate change or feeding the poor or helping people overcome natural disaster we, as the human family, have a responsibility to each other and to the natural environment in which we live. That is no “tree hugging” statement – it is good stewardship of a world that does not belong to us. It belongs to God. In John 3:16-17 says, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” You and I are part of what is to save life – the life of the planet and the life of people whom God loves.
Jesus suffered death at the hands of violent men to show us that God can overcome hatred, evil, and even death with love. God can make us whole again when we will live in the power of love. That is what I believe we can learn and put into practice in what is truly a “Wholey Week.”
Vol 4 #32