Acts 2:14,36-41; Psalm 23:1-6; 1 Peter 2:20-25; John 10:1-10
There is a compelling epitaph engraved on the tombstone of poet Robert Frost which reads: “I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.” Frost himself chose that. What it means is that he had a lover’s quarrel with God. And, whether we realize it or not, the same is true of us all. We quarrel with the world and God because of the evil we encounter in our lives. Why is there so much division and hatred? Why so much sickness and sorrow? Why so much anxiety and insecurity? Why so much loneliness and emptiness? Why death? Why did God make such an imperfect world?
We lament that the world is not perfect, forgetting that if it were, there might not be a place for our loved ones or us in it. We all fall short of perfection. It was into this world that we were called. It was in this world that our loved ones were called. Consequently, whenever we quarrel with…