God has labored over humanity since the beginning of time and showed his ultimate love for us in the person and work of Jesus Christ who came to offer grace and forgiveness to all who will believe. John 3:16 proclaims, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If we can even begin to comprehend the magnitude of this one simple verse of scripture our lives will be different. Knowing what God has already done for us helps us approach each day with gratefulness and grace. Knowing we are forgiven gives us more reason to be forgiving of each other. Understanding how patient God is with us must lead us to be more patient with each other. Knowing the compassion that Jesus had for those around him calls us to reach out in love to serve our neighbors in his name.
The late Mother Teresa once wrote, “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” As we move through this Lenten season, consider what sort of story you are and what your life is saying about God to a hurting and broken world. We are blessed and also called to be a blessing. We are a part of a story that is bigger than we are and continues to be written in and through us. Through the seemingly never-ending chorus of bad news in the world, may God speak through you to offer an alternative; a love story as old as time itself that is still being written in the hearts of all who come to understand the love of God for the world. In such times as these perhaps Romans 10:15 has never been more true…”How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
Peace to you,