Then he fell to the ground in worship and said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised."
~ Job 1: 20-21
"So I'm a Baptist and you went to a Presbyterian seminary, we are the same in the eyes of God."
I just love it when I meet new people and we begin sharing about our faith. I especially love it when the person I am meeting has the understanding that the Kingdom of God is made up of many people whom God loves just the same.
This centenarian shared that "a long time ago" she discovered that there are just "many types of people," and that, "God likes it like that."
She smiled as she shared, and winked when she followed up by saying, "and some are just a real test of God's love."
You know, she's right. Wisdom from experience, and someone who has made every effort to love others, serves as a litmus test for each of us.
While we enter the world naked, as Job shares, and basically naked is the way we leave this world, all that time in between and how we live demonstrates how we were able to handle this world, but it is not always reflective of what we will be in heaven.
For me, I often think that this is where our hope finds its reality and unconditional love for all is simply the way of eternity.
What if we all tried to see one another as God sees us? I've often thought the world might become a little kinder and gentler, but then again, if not now, when?
For today, I can start with me and realize that God loves us all.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.