by Christine Sine
Today I am grieving. The impact of yet another shooting. The pain of the vulnerable children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S. Mexico border, and the growing animosity both from those who are outraged and those who condone this makes my heart ache. I suspect it makes God’s heart ache too. Our God is a God of love, yet we have become hateful. Our God is a God of peace, yet we are becoming more violent. Our God is a God of compassion yet many are indifferent, not just to the victims of violence and their families but to the many who suffer in our world from violence, hunger, disease and pollution.
As I contemplate my garden today and plan my autumn planting it occurs to me that love and beauty, in fact all the fruit are the spirit are the only seeds that can be sown at any season and still bear fruit.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5: 22.23 NLT
May we today seek to sow love and beauty and not violence and hate.
May we seek to bridge gaps with peace not build walls with fear
May we act kindly, show patience, live with self-control
As wefollow the Christ who is always patient, and gentle and forgiving.