Love is the lens through which I read scripture. When I read claims that God has done or has threatened to do something sadistic to members of the human family, I ask: "Would Love do that?" If the answer is no, then that passage is just a scribe's drama.
My mom embodied this, and she made life a party for all of us. I have a Vivian Greene quote in my home that reminds me daily that, "Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass… it's about learning to dance in the rain."