I INVITE YOU TO NOTICE a peculiarity in the hymn “What Wondrous Love Is This.” There are no question marks. We might expect to see a question mark at the end of a sentence that begins with “What.” Throughout the hymn we sing one declarative statement after another. Each stanza praises God for the gift of Christ. This steadfast declaration of faith invites us to ask one question: Why did Jesus Christ empty himself or, as the hymn says, “bear the dreadful curse for my soul”?
The answer: God thinks that the world is worth saving and invites us to believe this too. If we, like Jesus Christ, believe the world is worth saving, then we will act on behalf of Christ for the sake of the world.
We will serve others in the ways that Jesus served others. We will speak and act against injustice in the world. We will feed the hungry and find ways to change food policies. We will clothe the naked and minister to those who are homeless. We will visit those in prison and work to make the prison a place where individuals are restored to wholeness.We will make God’s justice and love real on earth. We will find new ways to exercise stewardship for all creation. We will do all this because the world is worthy of redemption.
– George Hovaness Donigian
A World Worth Saving
From page 26 of A World Worth Saving: Lenten Spiritual Practices for Action by George Hovaness Donigian. Copyright © 2013 by George Hovaness Donigian. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Because God thinks the world is worth saving, what response will you make? Share your thoughts.
The LORD has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.
Psalm 126:3, NRSV
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