How could God permit such evil, loss, and despair to abound in our world? Because with it is the redeeming hope for reconciliation, forgiveness, and love. “God does not take any pleasure in the death of the wicked,” preaches the Rev. C. Alfred Loua, but rather in their return from wrongdoing. This is what the story of King David and his son Absalom’s death teach us. David’s hope for his son “represents God’s unconditional love for every one of us.” The readings are 2 Samuel 18:5–9, 15, 31–33; Ephesians 4:25-5:2; and John 6:35, 41–51.
August 8, 2021