A READER ASKS

Simple Grace - - Mood Index -

“Dear Lord, I’m a red-white-and-blue Amer­i­can who used to love cel­e­brat­ing In­de­pen­dence Day, but these days I’m over­whelmed by anger at the free­dom that ter­ror­ists have taken away. I know I’m not the only one who’s steer­ing clear of tar­gets like big ci­ties and pa­tri­otic mon­u­ments and stick­ing close to home to­day, and I re­sent the heck out of it. I’m just as an­gry that I can’t go into an air­port or sub­way sta­tion with­out wor­ry­ing that I’m tak­ing my life in my hands. I’ve tried to con­quer my hos­til­ity toward the peo­ple that have forced me and so many oth­ers to live in fear. But each time I push it down, re­ports of an­other bomb­ing or shoot­ing make it rise up full-force again. I can’t feel any­thing close to love for such abom­inable peo­ple. If that’s go­ing to put my im­mor­tal soul in dan­ger, please tell me how to come closer to the mark!”

Wis­dom of the Word

Live as peo­ple who are free, not us­ing your free­dom as a cover-up for evil, but liv­ing as ser­vants of God. —Peter in his first let­ter to the ex­iles, 2:16

We un­der­stand and yet…

As much as we want to fol­low the let­ter of Your law, lov­ing our en­e­mies can feel like an im­pos­si­ble task. The best we can do is stop short of hat­ing ter­ror­ists and other mur­der­ers, and some­times we can’t even do that! Are we re­ally sup­posed to love them in the true sense of the word?

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