Thursday February 19 2015

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A Season of Transition, a Season of Prayer — Please join us each day at 11:30 a.m. in offering a personal but collective prayer for our congregation. Today’s focus for prayer is: For those who have no Faith or who have lost their Faith.

Scripture: Deuteronomy 7:6-11
Key verses: 7-8a  7 It was not because you were more numerous than any other people that the Lord set his heart on you and chose you—for you were the fewest of all peoples. 8 It was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath that he swore to your ancestors…

Reflection: God loves us.  That simple truth lies at the center of our Christian faith.  God showed that love in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  We are loved.  That’s amazing and good news!

With that knowledge, however, comes a subtle and perverse temptation.  We who are loved are tempted to think that God loves us because we are inherently lovable.  Somehow the creator of the universe recognizes our intrinsic value and honors us with love.

That temptation, left unchecked, can result in tragic mistreatment of those we don’t think are deserving of God’s love.

God’s people have always fought this temptation. Even in the generations following the liberation from slavery in Egypt, God’s people were warned not to think their liberation was because of something they had done.  They were told again and again: it’s not about you—it’s about God.  God chose you.  From all the nations of the world, God choose you.  Why?  Because that’s who God chose.

God’s love for us is a gift. It is grace—unmerited favor. It is always an opportunity for radial gratitude, never self-congratulations.

At those moments when God’s love is real for you (I hope they are many) remember this truth:  “…the Lord set his heart on you and chose you…because the Lord loved you.”  Remember, and be grateful. Share that gratefulness—be gentle with yourself and with others.

Prayer:  God of Grace, may the power of your love overwhelm us; may the presence of your love sustain us; and may the purpose of your love drive us into ever deeper discipleship.  In the name of the one who demonstrated your love, Jesus the Christ.  Amen.

Author: Von Clemans

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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