Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Kingdom of God

I had the privilege to attend the 2008 Goodwill Awards Dinner tonight. All the regional Goodwill stores, employees, and clients converged on the Marriott in Coralville. There were 560 people there. One of the honorees invited me, so I got a great seat at his table right up in the front.

Remember that story in the Bible of the banquet the guy has. None of the dignitaries show up, so he invites the poor, the oppressed, the grieving, the marginalized. This was that party. I saw the Kingdom of God tonight. It was amazing. The love, the grace, the joy. I can't even tell you with words some of the sights and sounds I saw. But I know this. God was there. I was reminded that the meek, those that mourn, the peacemakers, the people at the end of their ropes... These are the ones that are blessed. Have you seen the Kingdom of God recently. It's all around us.

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