Text: John 12:20-26
Hola. Buenos dias. Si. I didn’t venture past those three words this past week and at times I messed those up. But it was an amazing week in Nicaragua and I want to thank you for keeping my planes in the air!
Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “It always seems to me that we are trying anxiously…to reserve some space for God; I should like to speak of God not on the boundaries but at the centre, not in weaknesses but in strength; and therefore not in death and guilt but in [humanity’s] life and goodness.”
I was reminded of Bonhoeffer’s words as I sat in the village of El Bejuco in Nicaragua wondering what I might say to you today about my trip. In those first days of being in Nicaragua the temptation in my thinking was to try and separate out the God moments from the “other” moments. I could feel myself trying too hard, focusing on the insoluble questions of life—those of suffering and pain and ultimate meaning. I wrote in my journal that first night: