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October 8, 2015

The good news for today

Jesus continues talking about prayer: “And I tell you: ask and you will get; hunt and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. Everyone, in fact, who asks, gets; and somebody who hunts, finds; and to the person who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11)

In practice, you and I often tend to doubt this promise. You pray for things—but nothing seems to happen. You prayed in school, and got the hard assignment anyway. You prayed for help about an illness, and you still have it. You prayed against disaster—but it comes.

God is a parent, not a candy machine. In our world, you flip a switch, and the light goes on; you slide your dollars into the machine and you get your Snickers, or a parking slip, or a ticket to a show.

God does different. God answers as a parent, and any parent knows how often you have to say “no,” how often you have to offer a necessary alternative, and how often—if you give the child what she wants—she regrets it or abandons it.

God gives Life. Ask for something—and God gives what pertains to your inner life, your sensitivity, your basic hunger and your peace. Hunt for something, and God lets you see a New Way of Life, a Different Insight, and a curb on your waywardness. Knock—and the door that opens may be a stairway, a useful closet, or a new Home!

The Good News is that your heart, mind and eyes do not see that you get what you really need. God does. Your quest and re-quest finds not a transient satisfaction, but a deepening of awe, courage, strength, acceptance—into the realm of what is right (“heaven”).

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