Catherine Taylor

To Be a Blessing: Lessons on Justice and Mercy from the Old Testament

One sentence flows across a black granite wall in Montgomery, Alabama: We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Paraphrased from the book of Amos, this statement, engraved on a Civil Rights monument, crosses millennia to underscore unchanging lessons for humanity.

“Oh, a la gracia, qué grandes deudores somos”

(Traducido por Carlos Enrique Espinosa)

 

 

Ven Tú, Fuente de toda bendición,
sintoniza mi corazón para cantar tu alabanza.
Incesantes corrientes de misericordia
convocan cantos de la alabanza más fuerte.

Oh to grace how great a debtor

1You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?]4Have you experienced]so much in vain—if it really was in vain?

No se trata de lo que haces, sino de la relación que aceptas

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Mientras escribo, un agujero en el fondo del Golfo de México está vertiendo millones de litros de petróleo, que amenazan con destruir los animales, el sustento y la ecología de al menos cuatro estados de los EE.UU. La destrucción está más allá de mi imaginación más fértil. Las escenas de sufrimiento rompen mi corazón. Sin embargo, mientras estas viñetas de Louisiana corren a través de mi mente, pienso que este desastre empalidece en comparación con la devastación causada en el Jardín del Edén.

It’s not about what you do; it’s about the relationship you accept.

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Even as I type, a blasted hole in the floor of the Gulf of Mexico is pouring out millions of gallons of oil, threatening to destroy the animals, livelihood, and ecology of at least four U.S. states. The destruction is beyond my rather fertile imagination. The scenes of the suffering break my heart. However, even as vignettes from Louisiana pour through my mind, I am reminded that this disaster pales in comparison to the devastation wreaked in the Garden of Eden.

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