September 7, 2019
Scripture: 1st John 3:1a
See what kind of love the Father has given to us in that we should be called God’s children, and that is what we are!
Thought for the Day: Children of God! That is what we should be called because, according to the author, that is what we are. It doesn’t say, “…that’s what we will become” or “if we work hard, we might earn it.” It IS what we ARE. It is a done deal, a completed task, an accomplished reality. We need to stop with the games of who is in and who is out, who is loved more and who is loved less, who has the better theology and who has a weaker theology. We are all beloved children of God, and there is nothing we can do to change that reality. So, in light of God’s clear declaration of our status, let us stop bickering and get onto the work of helping others experience and claim their already guarantee place as children of God. What wonderful work!
Prayer: Our fears and insecurities play all kinds of games. We allow ourselves to question the power and depth of your love, O Lord. We attempt to secure our rightful place by distinguishing ourselves from those who we have deemed as incapable of securing a rightful place. Allow for your Spirit to calm our anxiousness, providing a peace through which we can glimpse the beauty of your unconditional love. Allow for our lives to be a witness to a love that refuses to forget even one. We pray in the name of the one who enfleshed your love, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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