All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees. (Psalm 25:10 NRSV)
There is a story that comes out of the Bedouin culture. "Bedouin" is the Aramaic name for "desert dwellers." These people live much as the characters of the Old Testament did. During a heated argument a young Bedouin struck and killed a friend of his. Knowing the inflexible customs of his people, the young man fled. He went to the black tent of the tribal chief in order to seek his protection. The old chief took the young boy in.
The next day, the young man's pursuers arrived, demanding the murderer be turned over to them. "But I have given my word," protested the chief.
"But you don't know whom he killed!" they countered.
"I have given my word," the chief repeated.
"He killed your son!" one of them blurted out.
The chief was deeply shaken with his news. He stood speechless with his head bowed for a long time. Finally the old man raised his head. "Then he shall become my son," he informed them, "and everything I have will one day be his."
The young man certainly didn't deserve such generosity. And that, of course, is the point. Love in its purest form is beyond comprehension.
Dear Jesus, thank you for your love that is incomprehensible. Amen.
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