By the rivers of Babylon – there we sat down and wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our harps. (Psalm 137: 1)
We sometimes confuse God’s unconditional love with our desire for uninterrupted bliss. We experience profound losses and harm, and we want God to fix our lives, but God’s offer is one of salvation.
The God of this Sunday’s readings wants to enter our shattered dreams and transform them from the inside but that can be very unattractive because the human side of salvation is surrender.
A way through our resistance can be found in the lamentation of the psalmist. Sometimes we need to let feelings of grief and injustice overwhelm us before we can experience the reassurance of God’s love.
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