Our thought for meditation this week is from John Calvin, an ancestor in faith from the Reformed tradition: We cannot separate who God is and what God does from who we are and what we are called to do.
In order to fully grasp who God is and what God does, we go through our own soul searching, our own "wrestling" with God . In life, we are thrust into tragedy, loss and even abandonment. It is during these times we really need to know the presence of God! We cannot just GOOGLE, "Nature of God", and find an answer that will satisfy. (Unless we try "Dancing Through Life" as the song from Wicked describes: Let's try dancing through life, skimming the surface, landing where turf is smooth; life's more fraughtless if we're thoughtless; those who don't try, never look foolish....." But anyone over 15 knows this approach to life doesn't help.)
Being persistent in faith is a life long journey that will leave us changed, marked in some way, with altered identities. I hope you'll come this weekend to judge a wrestling match between Jacob and a Divine visitor in the night. The outcome has altered history, the present and the future.