In-Sight: A ‘Greater Good’

Our reactions to evil only make sense because somehow, somewhere, and by someone a “greater good” has been placed in us.  In moments of tragedy and suffering, our souls express this “greater good” in a variety of ways…

…in anger that says, “This is wrong and should never have happened.”

…in grief that says, “Someone/something precious has been taken away.”

…in compassion that says, “I care that you are hurting.”

…in stewardship that says, “I will share with you what I have in hopes it will help.”

…in community that says, “We will not allow you to bear this alone.”

…in collective will that says, “We must find ways to insure this does not happen again.”

…in prayer that says, “Lord, have mercy!  Christ, have mercy!”

…in hope that says, “We will come back from this.”

…in worship that says, “God is with us.”

None of this, and more, would ever emerge unless somehow, somewhere, and by someone “a greater good” was put into the deepest part of us, waiting there like a well from which we can draw when evil acts like it has the final word.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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