Earlier this week, I was at Home Depot picking up a few supplies. While I was there, I wound up discussing an outdoor irrigation project with one of the people on staff. She helped me find the part I needed, and that could have been the end of our interaction. However, we got to talking about our families. My wife and I just started fostering a little girl, and this employee had fostered kids in California for years. She shared a tragic story of some of the very serious difficulties that her kids faced, but she also spoke of the life changing power of love. We wound up spending a fair amount of time listening to each other and acknowledging each other’s story. I realized I had walked into that store a little overwhelmed, but I walked away feeling refreshed and inspired. I love hearing of the power we all have to change lives.
This Sunday we will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This is a day to remember the people who stood up to corruption and greed within the church. However, this day should be more than just a history lesson. Our God is constantly working to bring renewal, hope, and reformation every day. Whenever a person is freed from abuse, hatred, or violence, I believe God’s Sprit is active. Whenever someone realizes new life is available, God’s Spirit is there. I hope we never discount the change that God’s Grace can bring.