I’ve been a pastor for about 35 years and I am still amazed by the number of people I’ve encountered who, at a vulnerable stage or time of life were told by someone in authority that they were somehow less than, devalued, excommunicated or excluded from God’s loving presence. Nothing could ever be farther from the truth! No one is left out of God’s loving grace! I’ve had people come to me convinced that they were going to hell, had lived too sinful a life, were murderers, molesters or monstrous in the way that they had behaved. But thanks be to God, the scriptures remind us that all of us have fallen short of the glory of the life in Christ to which we are called and that, by God’s grace and mercy we are all forgiven! All means all; not mostly…or a few…or for those who have somehow gotten it “right” by their works and deeds. Jesus Christ died for us all; by his death and resurrection he has redeemed us all and reconciled us all and we ALL belong to him. So….be at peace, know that we all are forgiven, loved and saved! Let’s go forward now, living the life of love and mercy to which we all are called.