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I am Michael Hayes, a follower of Jesus Christ, a follower who has often lagged far behind, fallen flat, or strayed from the path. I am inexpressibly grateful that Jesus waits for me or picks me up or laughs at me in loving gentleness.
I enjoy dwelling in Scripture, where I find such ideas as that Jesus expects us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Jesus added that word “mind,” by the way. It wasn’t in the original quotation from the ancient book of Deuteronomy.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer continually draws my attention. Executed for his role in the main conspiracy to assassinate Hitler, Bonhoeffer’s thinking about God and humankind is a wonderful example of a mind that is biblically grounded yet creative, provocative, insightful.
I also enjoy the study of history and the challenge to put our own day into its historical context. Making connections seems important to me. I am fascinated, for instance, by the thought that such folk as the Moral Majority (now defunct) try so hard and so unwittingly to enforce the intertwining of Church and State first established in the early fourth century by Constantine.
Who am I? That question cannot be answered without the affirmation that my wife and children (and grandchildren!) and my close friends are a substantial part of my being. I am who I am because they are who they are. We are one in Christ.
And for all that I am grateful. Hmm, not a bad epitaph:
Mike’s not here; he has moved on.
But he said to tell you, Thank You.