I’ve just returned from a delightful week with the Crossroads Discipleship Training School in Kona, Hawaii. It was a diverse group of international students ranging from their late twenties to well past retirement age: attorneys, pastors, educators, farmers, engineers, sculptors, painters, an internationally acclaimed sports photographer, and a young musician who recently fronted a popular heavy metal band.
The week convinced me all over again that the yearning for grace and the dream of a Kingdom are universal human longings. Grace assuages our fears of abandonment and assures us that flawed as we are, we’re loved, received and valued by our Creator.
And the Kingdom? It affirms our hope for a better world and whispers to our heart that we matter; Though we are small, we are part of an epic story that is unfolding towards the grand redemption of all things.
Not an hour ago I was at the local nursing home singing Christmas carols: “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight”. Both the hope for a new world and the fear of abandonment were met in the manger when the King of grace took on the flesh of a child.