Original Posting At http://sandpipersthoughts.blogspot.com/2019/05/scooting-over.html
I am listening to Nadia Bolz-Weber’s new book, Shameless. At the very beginning, she talks about creation. Before God created the world, there was nothing except God. In preparation for creation, God had to make room – to scoot over, so to speak. She compared it to the woman on the subway whose purse has been placed on the seat next to her. The woman, out of kindness and generosity, picks it up to make space for someone else to sit down. She can’t help it; it’s how she’s made.
If this is a description of God – a God who makes room for us – then we, who are created in the image of God, are created for such kindness, too. It is part of us, too.
Who in our communities do we need to scoot over for? Who is standing up without a place to rest? Who has God created the world for and yet feels outside of God’s love? Who do we need to make room for?
And how do we do it? And when will we do it?