Love ultimately wins

Today I’m scheduled to lead a class of old friends. From 1992-2005, a teaching rotation put me in their class in February, May, August and November. We’ve watched each other age. They like to hear about Jesus, so he’s the backdrop for today’s theme: what I hope, what I think, what I believe, what I know.

I hope common sense prevails over tribalism and ideology. Hope is “community property” (Mark 2:1-5). We uphold each other and inspire each other to hope with strength beyond our own.

I think the Constitution will prevail against authoritarianism (Matthew 14:9-14). When John the Baptizer was unjustly killed, Jesus grieved his friend but was undeterred and continued his work.

I believe democracy will endure, even if not in the US. Freedom is planted in the human heart. In Mark 3:13-19, Jesus calls “the twelve” to be with him, to preach and to free people from bondage.

I know love will remain when everything else has passed away. Jesus revealed God’s love in the stories he told, such as the parable of the lost son in Luke 15:11-32. Love ultimately wins.

From “Return of the Prodigal Son,” Holland, circa 1668, by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606-1669), from the Hermitage Museum

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