Natural disasters can bring out the best in our human family. These are the stories
that restore our faith in humanity, that make us feel like there might
for the world after all.
Touched by angels in our mi
People pulling together, even forming a human chain
skin to skin, arm in arm, not
letting suffering and tragedy have the last word as the rains just keep bearing down.
There is f
human chain locked together by love, by a shared drea
a world reborn, where each life matters
people move heaven and earth to take
care of the most vulnerable among us.
There is freedom from oppression, freedom
from brutality, freedom from loneliness and isolation, freedom from despair when
n spirit elevates
into such active, willful love
a human chain binding us
together in love, freeing us up for love.
There is urgency in such extreme circumstances that can kick people in to another
they know what time it is
and they wake up to how m
uch we need each
other to make and keep life on this planet.
That sense of urgency, that intuition and action of our profound connection to each
other, that “being woke and staying woke” way of being in the world
is trying to get us to
see, to feel, to embody in Romans.
Paul is writing to a church in
a prominent urban center
a place like Houston
bustling with all kinds of people with conflicting ideas, practices, perspectives. He
wrote it with a broader audience in mind. His message
of God’s grace could spread
from the Roman church
, so it needed to carry the core truths of what it means to
And Paul felt a sense of u
humanity needed to wake up and smell the coffee.
With every day that passed, the world was getting
closer to Jesus coming back. Paul
has no time for malaise, no time for obliviousness or denial. Jesus’ followers must
live each day expectantly
busily preparing for the birth of a new world.
There have been a few since
who have tried soun
ding such an alarm
get yourselves together, Jesus is coming back soon. But such a sense of urgency
more commonly circulates
as bumper sticker theology
and something we scoff at
a way o
f life Christians embody in our
Maybe you’ve seen th
After the rapture can I have your car?
Jesus is coming back, look busy
Jesus is coming back and he’s pissed