Something about the news on this morning after a Thanksgiving holiday feels like being on the wrong side of the road in fast traffic. So much is coming at us too fast even to process.
Black Friday with doorbuster deals. Developing terror in Mumbai. Warnings for NY subways, and a president-elect facing such economic and security issues that he can’t afford to wait for the swear-in of Jan 20.
Then in middle of my thoughts, fighting for front and center, there’s Good Friday… also linked to buying power, danger in the streets, and inexpressible suffering that helps us make sense of the worst images of breaking news.
Can’t help but think that our Creator’s birth, death, and mission of rescue is the real and only story that can make sense of every other story that is fighting to be told. It was that story that pushed the Apostle Paul to choose the most extreme and inclusive words when he wrote to those who share his trust in Jesus,
“God has purchased our freedom with his blood and has forgiven all our sins. Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation. Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him. He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together…This includes you who were once so far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions, yet now he has brought you back as his friends. He has done this through his death on the cross in his own human body…But you must continue to believe this truth and stand in it firmly. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.” (Col 1:14-23 NLT).