The Sunlit Uplands

Yes, we have sinned against God in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. No matter how we try, we can’t seem to give it up.

But don’t worry! God saw the mess we are in and came to live with us and ultimately show us that no matter how awful we are, God will never abandon us. Not even if we do our worst, which involves torturing God to death. God has demonstrated that death does not have dominion over Him, and made promises that it does not have dominion over us, either.

So, to recap: no badly how we screw up, God loves us and will not abandon us. Furthermore, no matter how terrible death is – how premature, how devastating to those left behind – it does not have the final word. Life continues, in God’s love, in a way that we will discover when our own time comes. Where am I getting this from? Well, for example, Jesus says to the thief who spoke to him kindly, “Tonight you will be with me in paradise.” See? Physical death is followed by continued existence in what surely must be joy.

In the meantime, there is the problem of the suffering we endure in this life. But God is present in it with us; God knows our suffering; God in some ultimate way will make it right, although we don’t currently see it or know how it will happen.

So suffering is squared away.

Therefore, we are free to do what God asks of us: to love one another as we would be loved. Bear out God’s love in the world, without fear or self-dealing. Just get out there and do things to help other people. Make the world a better place.

Have I missed anything significant?

February 22, 2021 COVID-19 Infections and Deaths

WorldUnited StatesMassachusetts
Infections111,139,08626,364,915570,546
Deaths2,463,888473,87015,853
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