It is the amazing grace of God that leads us through every maze of life. It is out of divine mercy that the spirit of God is placed upon the "suffering servant" in Isaiah 42. It is out of divine mercy that the spirit of God descends upon Jesus at his baptism. For it is in the incarnation of the Logos, in Jesus Christ, that the creative power of God makes divine mercy available, at last, to all of creation.
As God's blessedness, as God's partners in creation, are we living out of this gift of amazing grace? Or are we stuck in mazes of our making? Are we extending God's amazing grace to others, instruments of the grace that brings together God's justice and mercy? Or are we hard hitters, law-abiding judgers who are nevertheless soft targets ourselves, lost in life's labyrinth like everyone else?
Paul said we are to "shine like stars in the world" in the midst of a "crooked and perverse generation," stars offering not justice, not mercy, but God's gift of amazing grace.