The family had a very special guest coming
for dinner and so the six-year-old son was
briefed very strongly to be on his very best
behavior. Everything was going on fine until
the boy reached out to get a roll of bread
and accidently knocked over his glass, spilling
water all over the table. He was mortified.
He knew the consequences! He just looked
over to his father wondering what to do.
The father looked at him, winked and knocked
down his own glass water. What a mess! They
did what they had to do! Together, they got
towels and started cleaning the table!
This is God. He identifies himself constantly
with us who make so many mistakes. He does
not take a condescending attitude in front
of our sins. He just joins us. Remember?
He even came down from heaven and spilt out
the glass of his own blood for us. Amazing
In her book Audacity to Believe, Dr. Sheila
Cassidy recounts how she left England in
1971 to escape the rat race of her medical
profession and go to Chile to work amongst
the poor. Four years later she was arrested
for having nursed a bullet wound of a revolutionary
leader. She was treated terribly - stripped
naked, tied to a bed, tortured by electrodes
attached to her body, placed in solitary
confinement… After three months she was released
and expelled from the country.
Despite all this punishment, she writes.
"I do not hate the men who had hurt
us… Incredibly in the midst of fear and loneliness,
I was filled with joy, for I knew without
any vestige of doubt that God was with me
and that nothing they could do to me, could
Transformation comes from within. And the
grace of God can do just that. Amazing grace.
Rabbi Abraham likes to tell the story of
his great grandfather who one day was sitting
with the other rabbinical scholars to study
the Torah. At a certain moment they decided
to take a break. One of the group offered
to pay for the refreshments but there was
no one who felt like walking over to the
shop who was rather far away to get the drinks.
Finally grandfather volunteered, "Just
hand me the money. I have a young boy who
will be glad to go!"
He left the room and after a rather long
period returned with the drinks. It was obvious
that he himself had walked all the distance
and performed the errand. Noticing their
malaise, the rabbi explained. "I did
not lie to you, no. You see, many people
outgrow their youth and become old. I have
always tried not to move beyond my youth.
As I grew elder, I always took with me the
young boy that I had been. It was that young
boy in me that did the errand."
This is the law of nature. The hand cannot
grasp any farther than the arm is willing
to reach. So we must simply will to reach
out further! One will achieve as much as
one is willing to reach for. Reach. Stretch.
Go sky-high! This is the kind of transfiguration
that Jesus Christ can pull off for us! What
else do you want in life?!
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