May 1

How do I reconcile the events of this day?

I believe that his baptism today is the single most important event in Abram’s life. Not his life so far, but his whole life.

And now that day has ended with an historic death and celebration in the streets. And, in many cases, it seems, sentiments that are difficult to square with a Christian ethic of forgiveness.

I’m not saying that I’m not, in some sense, relieved that Osama bin Laden is dead. But celebrating any death feels wrong.

And how to explain someday to Abram that the day of his baptism was historic, but not exactly a day when God’s intended wholeness of the world was restored?