We were too young for something like this. Only 22 years old, and we had buried our own child.
Lack of hospitality is a big deal to God because it falsely represents the nature of God… especially when it is perpetrated by the church.
All of this makes “Blade Runner 2049” sound like a movie of a thousand ideas. In fact, it is a movie only of recycled ideas, reminding me of a dozen films and videogames that it imitates.
I think that we, just like the disciples, try to find our fill with bread that will not sustain us. We live for the “big experiences” in our faith – the mission trips, the conversion experiences, the prayers with first time believers and the miracles that we see in our daily lives.
What do we do with texts of joy in times when our spirits need lament? Do we ignore them?
We all are called to speak the benediction on our hearts. We are called to end every interaction with love, compassion, and hope, so that these blessings too will become known, embodied, and lived out throughout God’s amazing world.