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Lenten Meditation for Tuesday March 21, 2017

tealights glowing in a darkened space

Jeremiah 7:21-34, Romans 4: 13-25, John 7: 37 – 52, Psalm 78

Romans 4: 16

               “This is why the fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does.  God’s promise arrives as a pure gift. That’s the only way everyone can be sure to get in on it,…”  The Message (contemporary version)

               In this part of the letter Paul writes to the people in Rome, he talks about how Abraham trusts God.  Abraham was willing to sally forth into the unknown, trusting that God would show him the way and guide him in the decisions he was to make.  When we think of the enormity of Abraham’s faith we can feel overwhelmed and inferior.  But as the verse above reminds us, God has made a promise with us as a gift to each of us.  This is a promise of love, a promise to be with us now and forever, wherever we are and wherever we go.  Our part is to trust God.  We are called to accept this promised gift of love.  

               Do you accept God’s gift to you, and do you live in a way which reflects your acceptance of this gift?  Do you declare to yourself and all who will listen, “God is good” and respond “All the time!”


I grew up in a church that taught meritocricy which is Richard Rohr's word for earning your salvation through good works..Our good works are our response to believing that we are totally and  unconditionally loved by God and not because of merit points, religious blue ribbons, badges and gold stars. I love Roman 4:16 which says God's promises, grace and love can not be earned or merited.  It is all free gift and that is the only way everyone can be assured of getting in on it.  As Mother Persiphone Jones once told me:  "Larry I love you and their aint nothing you can do about it!"

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