November 24

Isaiah 64:6-9

“Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” vs. 8

The prophet was confident of two things: first, he believed that humans were pretty much hopelessly corrupt; in his words, even our righteous deeds are like filthy rags. And second, he knew that all people are the work of God’s hand, as he puts it, “We are the clay, and you are our potter.” And it’s for this reason, he believes, that God will never stop loving! Even when we are faithless, God will be faithful. His insight is powerful, and one worth hanging onto when times get tough. Each of us has been carefully fashioned by the hand of God. As Genesis puts it, we have been created in the image and likeness of God. The stamp of the Divine is in our DNA, and will never be erased. So even when we’re behaving like greedy, power-hungry idiots, we will continue to be the children of God, totally forgiven, and fully capable of reversing course and behaving in caring, loving ways. That means that this current state of horrible divisiveness cannot possibly endure. Already many are recognizing our common humanity, putting aside vengeful thinking, and beginning to build bridges instead of walls. Those who disagree with our politics are not our enemies, they are our brothers and sisters in Christ, molded by the loving hands of our Potter. And together we’ve been called to establish God’s rule on earth!

Thought for the Day: How could God have done a better job in molding us?

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