Reading: Psalm 23: 5-6
Verse 5: Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life.
Friends are important. We want to be loved and to love others. As human beings, we need and seek community. We each want to fit in or have our place in a community.
Today’s first verse in our passage is a bit disconcerting. God prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies. It is wonderful that God is preparing a table for us and that He will anoint us with oil and make our cup overflow. But in the presence of our enemies? Yes, in their presence too. God’s love is universal. All are created as a child of God and are dearly loved by their maker. God calls us to love one and all as well. We are not identical to each other and therefore we will have differences. We even fight and argue occasionally with those we love the most. So God is calling us to the table of His love with both our friends and our enemies alike, asking us to unconditionally extend His love to one and all.
In doing so we will naturally begin to break down some of the walls and barriers that we construct. In loving our enemies as God loves them we begin to see them differently. We begin to see the ways in which we are alike and ways in which God dwells deeply in them as well. It can be profoundly transforming to love all people as God loves them. When we do so, then “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life”.
May we be bearers of God’s unconditional goodness and love today.