Sarah of Jerusalem to Jericho has posted a follow-up to her post that I mentioned yesterday. Her lead story was about a moment of confession on the scene of a traffic accident. Today she posts about the ensuing trial and being given a ‘not guilty’ verdict.
What if, instead, I were to imagine God knowing exactly what I would do in that situation? What if I needed to learn what I would do in that situation? And what if that moment were to be a moment of grace, of understanding how easy it is not to take responsibility, and finding love and forgiveness for those who cannot, or do not take responsibility, even before they can find forgiveness for themselves, even before they know they need forgiveness? What if – what if this moment of moral failure could become a moment of redemption and reconciliation? And what if, finally, I were brought to the realization that grace is all about learning to accept being given a not guilty verdict when you know that you deserved to be found guilty?
Eloquent as ever, I miss those times at Duke where we had much more time to work these things out.