2 Kings 22:1-13. [King Josiah said,] “But they need not account for the money entrusted to them, because they are acting faithfully.” (NIV)
“Only the hand that erases can write the true thing,” wrote Meister Eckhart. Trusting in God means that we have an “eraser” for mistakes–our own and those of others.
King Josiah believed in honoring God above all; he placed faithfulness to God above all earthly priorities. So he could let go of anxiety about the rebuilding of the temple, knowing God could erase all human failing and “write the true thing.”
In the open space where God has erased my mistakes, I can live into the person God made me to be. Knowledge of the grace of God means my mistakes cannot destroy me because God forgives me. Others’ mistakes cannot hurt me because God’s hand erases my need to win over others or hold onto their failings as evidence of my worth. The world no longer controls me if I “act faithfully” and trust in God above all.
The temple–the space honoring God in this world–will be built in spite of all human failing. By God’s hand, any mistake can be erased. By God’s hand, the true thing for each human heart will be written.
PRAY for the Diocese of Sydney (New South Wales, Australia)
Ps , 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, ; 1 Corinthians 11:2, 17-22; Matthew 9:1-8