Gluttony at the holidays is understandable. A little lust seems healthy, and everyone gets angry sometimes. But envy or jealousy–another of the seven deadly sins–seem somehow shameful. At the root of jealousy is not being seen, not being valued–or at least thinking you are not seen. When we notice our jealousy and feel unseen, let us remember God’s words to Israel, spoken also to us: “…you are precious in my sight and honored, and I love you” (Isaiah 43:4).
This message is an excerpt of “When I Am Feeling Jealous,” by Bev Stratton, in the May 2017 issue of Gather magazine. Today we remember John Calvin, renewer of the church, who died in 1564.