Forgiveness is the gift of mercy. Another writer, the mother of a murdered daughter, has said it is “giving up all hope for a better past.”
Can we see possibility to ‘touch our own truth’ when life surprises or up-ends our world? Sarah in the Old Testament did.
What fascinates me most about today’s Scripture story is that it is all about the faith of a person who was neither a good Jew or a good Christian. He might not have been a religious person at all. Nevertheless Jesus commends his faith.
I suspect that the power of the progressive church lies in our ability to reclaim the power and diversity of Jesus, our central expression of God’s face in the world…I suspect our ability to inspire the transformation of lives lies in our willingness to see many contemporary expressions of the Christ flowing from the one historical Jesus.
Jesus does, in fact, tell us to ‘go to hell.’