Behind every feeling of desire for relationship with another human being rests this deeper desire for relationship with God. The best relationships I know are between people who can be patient in love and who know that desire is not evil and fleeting, but that holy desire can be the backbone of a lifetime of shared service to God and others. When we listen to our desires, we forge relationships that are strong, honest and faithful. We discover the joy of loving ourselves, other people and God with more holy passion than we ever thought possible.
This message is adapted from “Faith reflections: How faith figures in finding and keeping love” written by Sarah Scherschligt in the June 2006 issue of Café magazine. We pray today for the voting members of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly, that God might grant them wisdom.