God has no other hands than ours. If the sick are to be healed, it is our hands that will heal them. If the lonely and the frightened are to be comforted, it is our embrace, not God’s, that will comfort them. Dorothee Solle
Meditation: I listened to NPR yesterday on my way home from work. A man who had been a fundamentalist Christian earlier in life shared how he lost his faith when he realized that the suffering in the world would no longer allow him to believe in a God who could intervene actively in the world. I could see how he would no longer define himself as a Christian, given his background where the belief in an almighty, miracle working and intervening transcendent God was mandatory for him to be called a Christian. I believe that there is a transcendent God whose love is powerful. However, this transcendent God chose to be in interdependent relationship with us humans. God depends on us to be God’s hands and feet in this world. God respects us, not as dependent children how it is often portrait in fundamentalist teaching, but as interdependent co-creating adults. God relies on us. God believes in us. God wants to empower us to do God’s healing and reconciling work here on earth. I was saddened when the man denounced being a Christian, especially when everything else he said was filled with passion for God’s story and God’s work with humanity. I hope he will find his place again in the Christian family, without having to exclude himself or being excluded.
Prayer: God, You are the One who empowers us to be Your healing agents. You equip us to reach out to humanity on Your behalf. In Jesus You have chosen to come into this world not as an almighty and independent God, but as a God working in and through human hands, hearts and feet. We are grateful that You have not abandoned the suffering of this world, but that You suffer with us and that Your love and righteousness wants to eliminate all suffering, restore justice, feed the hungry and heal the sick. And You do so interdependent with us. What an amazing God You are! Amen
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. Matthew 25:37-40 (ESV)