Often, I have music or something playing on my iPad as a work in the office. Recently, I had an episode of The West Wing streaming (it’s on HBO Max.) At the very end of that particular episode, Josh Lyman rushes out of the Oval Office to catch the president and offer him one more thing that’s on his mind all day. He says . . .
“We talk about enemies more than we used to.”The West Wing, Season 1; Episode 8
I think that has sentiment written some 20+ years ago has much speak into our human condition today as previously on that TV show.
I have failed.
I have gloated.
I have hated.
I have ignored.
I have raged.
I have hoarded.
I have judged.
I have turned away.
I am sorry.
I am exhausted.
I am done.
Fix me, heal me, break-and-remake-me, hold me, comfort me, nurture me, revive me, resuscitate me, bring me back from death.
I give you the last word, O God. Will it be ‘grace’? Will it be ‘free’? Will it be ‘love’?
My friends, God is not done with us, not by a long shot. You are more beloved than you can ever know, and God is working in you and in the world beyond our wildest imagining. The beginning of all that is forgiveness. So know that you are indeed forgiven, and be at peace. Amen.
-Beth Merrill Neel