Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:8-22
Key verse: (20) For in him every one of God’s promises is a “Yes.” For this reason it is through him that we say the “Amen,” to the glory of God.
Reflection: God says “yes” and we say “hmm?” God says “yes” and we say “quit hassling me.” God says “yes” and we pout and sulk, we moan and whine. God says “yes” and we say “perhaps.” God says “yes” and we say “maybe some other time.” God says “yes” and we say “really? Me?” God says “yes” and we say “not sure I trust that to be true.”
This is Holy Week. As we journey with Christ to the table of the last supper, to the cross, and to the burial tomb, we see God’s resounding YES to us. In Jesus Christ, God loves us always. In Jesus Christ, God won’t stop loving us no matter what we do – betray him, deny him, abandon him, even crucify him. We see God’s glory this week embodied in Jesus Christ. He shines with the power of God even when he chooses vulnerability. He radiates love even when he is suffering. He offers words of forgiveness even from the cross.
God is steadfast and faithful in loving us. God looks at each of us, created in the image of God, and God says “yes” to our value. God claims us as children of God. God promises to work redemption and transformation in our lives and in all of creation. No matter our response, God’s “yes” remains. We say “Amen and amen and amen.”
Prayer: I long to say “yes” to you O Lord. Shape my life to be a living YES to your loving yes for me. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[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].