I have traveled too far and seen too much to naively assume the promises of education, opportunity, and prosperity are available to all. Even if one has the first, it does not mean that the other two are available. Despite the presence of the first two, Evil will often conspire to ensure that prosperity remains elusive. It is fine that we make promises, especially as a community, institution, or society, but it is in the reality of individual lives that the truth is told. Truth is, in this case, individualized. It can be very harsh and blunt. It can be kind with a stinger. Whatever it is, one finds that it is playing itself out in your life and mine in ways we cannot predict, control, and often anticipate.
I find myself wondering how I can deliver on my promises. I wish I could be certain. I would like to be able to guarantee everything I hope I can deliver. It is a dream that the reality of my choices, work and good fortune were fairly, equitably, and compassionately shared with those I hold close to my heart.
Yet, despite the goals of Singapore, New York, aspiring communities, and even individuals (I am assuming the best of myself in this case), the scope of my relationships, reach, and kindness is often far from anything ideal. It is easy to grow cynical yet I find a reason for great hope in the reality of the blues. I know a God that is guaranteeing that Divinity's “promise is targeted to you and your children, but also to all who are far away-whomever, in fact, our Master God invites.” (Acts 2.39)
The promise is real. The promise says Truth is stronger than Evil. The promise says Compassion is alive. The promise says Hope is our Friend and Comforter. The promise applies to all without conditions. God has chosen to make a home in your life and mine. The reality of this promise can change everything, with my/your willingness to open myself/yourself up to the reality of Divinity.
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