Thought for the Day: What is it that keeps you from living more fully in a life-giving relationship with God? For Paul, it was a thing called “the law,” yet sadly many have narrowly used the idea and missed the point. In his moment of time, Paul was greatly concerned about how religious rules and restrictive interpretations could squeeze out any sense of grace and mercy. Ultimately, he was worried about people missing a life-giving relationship with God. There are times when people become so hyper-focused on the historic context of scripture (which is important) so as to never ask the next question, “So how does that relate to our current context?” And today, there are many examples of faith traditions squeezing out grace and mercy because of religious rules and restrictive interpretation. At the same time, there are many other ways in which people find themselves unable to access the life-giving love made real in Jesus. So I return to my initial question: What is it that keeps you from living more fully in a life-giving relationship with God? What needs to change? What needs to be transformed?
Prayer: Like any relationship, my relationship with you, Loving God, needs constant work. There are many things, both within me and from outside of me, that seek to interfere with the relationship I desire. Help me to be mindful and confessional, and where possible, seek lasting transformation. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge