Hagar’s God showed up when she was most abandoned, betrayed and abused. There’s a pattern here I think.
This is the best of times and the worst of times for those of us who are considered least. Those marginalized by race, sexual orientation, disability, age, and poverty fall into a classic category. Those made least as social pariahs one’s peers mistakenly identify as belonging with the diabolical so called American evangelicals have a unique opportunity to be succored by the God hagar named.
I’m going to pass this on to you from a post a friend sent in reply to one of my blog posts.
// Do you know the work of Simone Weil (1909-1943)? Though she was never baptised, never became a Christian, T.S. Eliot said that Weil possessed “a kind of genius akin to that of the saints” — and he was right. Allowing herself no “consolations”, no explanations, no answers to the question “Why?” of the deepest, Job-like suffering — what she called le malheur, translated as “affliction” — Weil observes that “the tremendous greatness of Christianity comes from the fact that it does not seek a supernatural remedy against suffering, but a supernatural use of suffering”, which may be not only a conduit to the world’s beauty but also a means of divine illumination.
Perhaps you can relate to this image of hers: “Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them, but it is also their means of communication. It is the same with us and God. Every separation is a link.”//