Are You Ready For Love?

It was bad. Evil queen, invading army, and locusts-laying-waste bad. It was “you’re gonna tell your kids and your grandkids about this” bad. It was so bad the prophet Joel literally told the town drunks to wake up and weep because “the wine is gone.” Bad.

They were grim, brimstone-and-fire days. Most wouldn’t survive.

But God (through Joel) adds, “Rend your heart and not your garments. Even now you can turn to God, because he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love...I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”

What would it look like if we set aside the performance of our faith for the transformation of our hearts?

If you missed that, read it again. It’s a mind-blowing picture. A few thoughts, or reactions rather, for your consideration:

Rend your heart, not your garments.

You may know that tearing clothes was an ancient Jewish tradition, something that represented mourning, grief and loss. Here, Joel is pleading with the people: Tear your heart, not your clothes. Move beyond rote ritual, and embrace depth. Welcome pain as a path to goodness. What would it look like if we