To bless whatever there is, and for no other reason but simply because it is—that is our raison d’etre; that is what we are made for as human beings. This singular command is engraved in our heart. Whether we understand this or not matters little. Whether we agree or disagree makes no difference. And in our heart of hearts we know it.

(Br.David Steindal-Rast ‘Gratefulness the heart of prayer’)

I once read a book; I think it was by Henri Nouwen which talked about how there seems to be  so much frozen anger in the hearts of the righteous.

That phrase has stuck with me over the years; it seems to be true. Whenever I hear about another Christian group being set up in reaction to the perceived actions of another group, about large parts of the Religious Right backing Trump or fear and suspicion being engendered by another group about ‘the state of our Nation’ (which probably has more to do with a slavish and uncritical reading of the Mail and Express than any scriptural exegesis) I feel saddened.

And don’t get me started on ‘Christian Concern for our Nation’….

Whilst I would like to see a good deal more of the context of this passage, before I can fully take it in, to start with ‘blessing’ rather than ‘cursing’, ‘name calling’ or ‘suspicion’ seems good to me. Yes you might get it wrong, but I’d rather be wrong with blessing than with anything else…

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