Monday, August 03, 2009

God does not forget his little ones…

Jesus is the door to a life in and with God. “I am the gate,” he says (John 10:9). “I am the Way; I am Truth and Life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Still, many people never have heard or will hear of Jesus. They are born, live their lives, and die without having been exposed to Jesus and his words. Are they lost? Is there no place in the Father’s house for them?

Jesus opened the door to God's house for all people, also for those who never knew or will know that it was Jesus who opened it. The Spirit that Jesus sent “blows where it pleases” (John 3:8), and it can lead anyone through the door to God’s house.

from Henri J.M. Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey.

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight.

Jesus (Luke 12.6)

God does not forget his little ones, not even the ones we big important Western white men never so much as notice. God’s Spirit gives life to every living thing (Ps 104.30), and God does not abandon the work of his hands (Psalm 138). Who are we, I mean, just who do we think we are, to say that this man is worth more than that woman, that that animal is worth more than this one? How can we look into another’s eyes, and not feel reverence for God who gave that spirit, and love and care for the home he has set it in?

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