Throne? What Throne? Down here!

A devotion from Richard Rohr reminds us God is not who we tend to think God is. No imperious man on a throne. No tyrant in a robe, rewarding the self righteous for how right they deem themselves in their right fighting.

No, it’s more complicated than that. And more simple.

Ever wonder why the people living in the afterglow of a great fall can seem so spiritual? So comforting? There’s no small evidence it’s because they met our ageless, gender-free Maker in their humble brokenness. When they fell, God didn’t fall with them. God was there on the concrete tarmac of their dark landing. Waiting. Humble. As if to say, I knew you’d get here. Now, let’s go home.

It takes a big God to live in every human frailty. We have screw-up down to a science, and think of how many across the ages.

Here’s a frailty of just sitting, doing nothing. In America, we take clean water for granted. In other parts of the world, clean water might as well flow from the very temple of a God who seems to have forgotten that corner of creation. But alas, we are all remembered. And in the poorest of the poor, on the hard ground of their world, those of us rich who seek God will find God. Perhaps then we might hear God say, I knew you’d come, carrying water. Welcome home.

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