By: Holly Reimer
Luke 1. 68-79
Reflection—v. 71, ‘He has brought salvation from our enemies’
One very literal meaning of ‘salvation’ is to be ‘protected from harm.’ There are certainly things that harm us physically, like a fist to the face or wounds that go untreated. There are also things that are harmful to our spirit—harsh words, uncaring neglect, and hateful glances. As we look at the actions and circumstances that cause us harm, we begin to see that our enemies are not just those people who mistreat us, but the systems and things that hold us down. Enemies are not just people. Salvation from our enemies can be in the form of a drink we refuse to take or the person who stands nonviolently before someone who is making threats. A change of perspective does a lot of good—a bottle will not solve problems, an aggressor is still a child of God—and can change our relationship with our enemies. In the amazing grace of God, we can find power to break the chains that tie us down, experiencing salvation in the midst of all our enemies.
Prayer Lord, so often it feels as though we are constantly harassed, beaten down by acts of violence or neglect. Thank you for your grace and mercy that offers love, protection, and liberation in a hateful world.