It’s easy to mouth the words, but no small project to undergo transformation. God’s map has totally different coordinates, and the old compass is of no use. The topography disorients and is fraught with fear, existential dread, and usually long suffering. And God’s timeline is ridiculous. Just ask the Israelites who sojourned in the desert for forty years. —Amos Smith, Be Still and Listen, Paraclete Press
Lord Jesus, you told the Pharisees that you are lord of the sabbath and that you desire mercy, not sacrifice. There are times when I become narrow minded and nit-picky instead of loving and tolerant. Lord, help me to be more merciful . . . and more relaxed! Amen.