On Monday evenings Hillary is usually in Rhode Island, spending the night so that Wesley can go to preschool the next morning. As I ate my dinner in a quiet house I thought I’d read for a little bit. The Road, which I recently downloaded from our library, pulled me in and I had an incredibly hard time walking away. I’m a little over half-way through the book and have been struck by the desperate vulnerability of the father and son, the primary characters. I’m not speaking of the “vulnerability” associated with airing my feelings or opening my life to a friend, but powerlessness. The father and son grapple with a world without hope that where death seems the only conclusion. Through understated, almost staccato, dialogue the father tries to reassure the son, and himself that it will be okay. Yet the reader is left wondering if there is such a thing as “okay.” The sense of exposure, risk, and vanishing hope build as the plot unfolds.
Also on my mind is an upcoming opportunity to speak at the chapel service of a local Christian school. One of the key verses I’m drawing on says, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law…” (Galatians 4:4). I’ve been thinking how Jesus did not come into this world and take a privileged place. He was part of a despised minority, he was poor, he was not understood by his family or closes friends and in the most fundamental way, he died alone. So, I think of vulnerability, exposure, and powerlessness when I think of Jesus entereing this world. I think of the conversations from the book where the father wants to make it okay and cannot. Why would God want to put himself in such a position? Why would the father step back and let such injustice flow to his son.
Wow, I love to read good books and am thankful for all the ways that Jesus pops up. I can see myself in the Father and Son relationship not wanting my child ever to fear or experience anything beyond what he or she should handle. It is amazing that God does this for our salvation