Friday, December 9, 2016

Return to God

Daily reading: Joel 2:12-13, 28-29
Friday December 9, 2016

Focus passage: 12 Yet even now, says the Lord,
    return to me with all your hearts,
        with fasting, with weeping, and with sorrow;
13 tear your hearts
        and not your clothing.
    Return to the Lord your God,
        for he is merciful and compassionate,
        very patient, full of faithful love,
            and ready to forgive. Joel 2:12-13
God invites us to bring our entire selves to worship when the community is gathered.  Joel invites us to be completely vulnerable with God. And the reason for this openness is grounded in the ancient words that are repeated throughout scripture.  We are invited to be vulnerable with our God because our “God is merciful, compassionate, very patient, full of faithful love and ready to forgive.”
In the midst of the busiest consumer holiday of the year, when we place unbelievable pressure on ourselves to meet our own expectations and others, to somehow create Christmas, our merciful and gracious God, invites us to come home.

God invites us to return, it is so simple.

You see, we so often have it reversed.  We can’t buy or make it happen. God initiates it.  God always has.  The Spirit of God will come when God chooses.  We prepare out of faithfulness, we return and repent because God has loved us first.

Prayer: God, help me to fully return to you.  I open myself to join in your dream for shalom peace within myself and for my community and world.  Amen.

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