Celebrating Where We Stand

Celebrating Where We Stand

This week I was in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, visiting some friends who have cabin on Lake Huron. It was beautiful, but cold. When I was standing at the back of the cottage, facing the street, the temperature was warm, a lovely summer day. On the porch facing the lake, it was chilly. Standing on the beach, it was really quite cool, and in the boat on the water, it was downright cold. I wore a winter windbreaker. Only a few hundred yards was the difference between sunbathing and a winter windbreaker. As we got into the speed boat, clad in windbreakers, there was a young man on a jet ski – running at full speed, spraying water and having a great time. He loved it. Our boat ride in winter windbreakers, with a blanket for our legs, was exhilarating. When the spray hit his face, he yelled with joy. When the spray hit my face, I pulled my hood tighter and cleaned off my sun glasses.

I think that, in part, is what this scripture is about. Life, like the spray off the water, hits us differently depending if we are on a jet ski or a speed boat – bathing suit or windbreaker, yelling with joy or wiping our glasses. God wants us to live out of love into joy; not being critical of the other, but celebrating where we stand in God’s love: bathing suit or windbreaker.

Blessings,

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