Thought for the Day: After Sunday’s sermon on forgiveness, the staff conversed on why it is such an important point of discussion for so many. Among the many insightful things offered, we talked about the baggage people bring from other church experiences. For so many, they were made to feel bad, really bad or downright awful. A person might be 20 or 30 years past that experience, yet it can feel very real and present. We worship each week because most of us need a weekly reminder of the Gospel, a weekly reintroduction to the Good News. Whether it is new stuff that is playing havoc on our self-worth or a negative story we heard about ourselves decades ago, we need to have someone announce to us again and again, “Everything old has passed away! You are a new creation, beautiful and valued beyond measure.”
Prayer: Sit with me a little while, Lord Jesus, and whisper into my soul the message of your love and forgiveness. May it plant a seed that will grow into a gift I can share with the world. Amen.
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