The words get stuck in my throat

ISIS.  Boko Haram.  Planned Parenthood.  Pay Day Lenders.  Washington, DC… Like Yul Brynner in The King and I, I say “Etc. etc. etc.”

Our lists might not match up. But most of us have a list of people or behaviors we consider evil.

They mock God and they torment and destroy God’s creation. Their contempt for God’s people seems louder every day.

To which God says,

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:44-48 NRSV)

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. (Romans 12:14)

That is one tall order. My mouth more readily forms curses.

As for those blessings? Well the words… the words…

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.


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