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 Edelberto Valdes, the new pastor of our partner church in Remedios, Cuba.
Scripture: John 3:16-21
Key Verse: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
Reflection: Who hasn’t heard this passage? You’ve probably seen “John 3:16” flashed on a big sign at a sporting event. I suppose there is something in here that is meant to wake someone up to the truth. The Church wants people to know this passage. No one wants to “perish.” It doesn’t say, “…so that everyone who believes in him may not be killed by God…” God’s not going to kill us because we don’t believe. Life just perishes when we aren’t connected to God. We’re detached from the vine and so, like a branch, we wither and die. It’s a law of nature.
You can be living today and be very busy and active but you’re in a state of perishing. You’re disconnected from your Creator. Where’s your sustainability? Why are you here? What are you doing? Where are you going? Without that attachment, I’m not sure you would know. We perish. We aren’t being punished. Something diminishes, fades away, and loses its life and luster when we perish. It happens when we’re disconnected from God.
Prayer: We pray for all those today, O Lord, who may be perishing because they have abandoned you or do not know you. We pray for that part of ourselves that may be perishing because we have neglected our relationship with you. Restore us to the joy of your salvation and grant to all of us your peace. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Author: Steve Eason
[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].