An End of the Semester Benediction

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May 14, 2009 by Howard Baker | 0 Comments

Go now, beloved brothers and sisters, aflame with what you know to do: Love! Do not keep silent. Do not keep quiet, until righteousness goes forth like brightness and salvation is a torch burning. Until all nations see your righteousness, and all kings your glory. You will be called, “The evidence of God’s love in the world.”

Invite all to God’s feast of furious love. Do as the Master commands, “Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.” (Luke 14:21)

Bring them starving. Bring them bleeding and broken. Drag them to the banquet, wretched and raggedy as they are. Sit them at the table, though they mourn and weep, necks bent and heads hung low.

Go in love. Go with love. Go because of love.

How else will they know our good God?
How else will we?

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

--Claudia Mair Burney in Brennan Manning, The Furious Longing of God, 136.

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