Good Morning, God!
I thought I would read Luke this morning and make a list of “commands” but I didn’t even get past Peterson’s introduction in the Message before I was stopped. He talks about our “clubs” informal or formal — all of which depend on exclusivity, keeping Others OUT. Then he points out that the “price” of exclusivity is “A REDUCTION of REALITY, a SHRINKAGE of LIFE.”
My immediate response was to cry out to You, God! “I don’t want my life shrunk! I want it EXPANDED.” That seemed like ENOUGH of an insight for one morning. But I read on: “. . . Religion has a long history of doing just that, of reducing the HUGE mysteries of God to the respectability of club rules, of shrinking the vast human community to a ‘membership.’ But with God there are no outsiders.” Oh, God! If we could only GRASP that truth — BE GRASPED BY IT!
Peterson goes on to talk about Luke as the only Gentile among the Jews — and how Luke shows how Jesus INCLUDES those “outside” — the women, the poor, the different. The page ends with Peterson saying that we “Now find the doors wide open, found and welcomed by God in Jesus.” Lovely! Your DOORS are WIDE OPEN, God.
But what I like even better, is how YOU come to the doors of Our Hearts and knock, asking if we will OPEN to You. Please, Come in, God. Not for a time in the parlor, but to stay in me. Perhaps, even to reign? Ah? You don’t stay if You aren’t reigning? Fair enough, God, fair enough.