Friday, November 10, 2017

Do You Believe in Redemption?

One Sunday morning, a long time ago, I stood next to Mom and listened to her sing her favorite hymn, I Come to the Garden Alone.*

Back then, for me, it was just a beautiful song that I knew Mom loved.

Today it somehow reassures me of redemption… my belief that we all can be saved from our own sins, the sins of others and evil.

This morning I read Pres. John F. Kennedy’s famous American University “Peace Speech” from 1963. I glanced out the office window and watched, mesmerized, at the beautiful sunrise before me. Suddenly thoughts of that beautiful song came flooding back in my mind.

It occurred to me that it would be a certain "redemptive" miracle if we all could walk in the garden together for a moment or two and consider together how much we do have in common… even people who believe and trust in Pres. Trump and those who do not.

Then I looked at my computer and read:

“So, let us not be blind to our differences—but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”**

I know miracles happen. I’d rejoice if a redemptive, talk and walk together in the garden could be one of them.

* In the Garden (I Come to the Garden Alone) C. Austin Miles - 1912
**President John F. Kennedy American University Commencement Address, 10 June 1963

President John F. Kennedy, "Peace Speech" American University - 10 June 1963

Anne Murray - In The Garden (Live) - 1999

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