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: Those who suffer from alcoholism and addiction, that they may find recovery and experience healing of body, mind, and spirit.
Scripture: 1 John 4:7-21
Key Verses: 1 John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Reflection: As people of faith we carry with us a trust and belief in the abundant love of God. Because of that love, we have the opportunity to turn everything around in each encounter with another person. We can choose compassion and be living witnesses of God’s love. We talk a lot about God’s love; we study God’s love and we sing songs about God’s love. God’s love, grace and mercy are at the center of our faith. But the real question is whether we actually show that love toward real-life people we relate to everyday.
Relating to other human beings can be messy. Relationships are complicated. But that’s the way life is. We can be hurt in our relationships or flat-out rejected. We build walls to protect ourselves from whatever we fear most. This makes it frustrating and challenging to try to show love and it makes it even harder to receive love. We have to be willing to do both.
Our scripture today reminds us that God’s incredible love for us calls us to love each other. We are called to enter into the messy, complex world of flawed people and live as witnesses to God’s love for and with each other. The good news is that this love is not something we have to create, but we love because God loves us. Thanks be to God.
Prayer: God, in all of my actions today, may people see and experience your love. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[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].