Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Return to Me

Daily reading: Joel 2:12-13, 28-29
Tuesday December 6, 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
Joel offers us today a gentle reminder to return to the Lord.  As people of faith, we need to hear this. 

Joel spoke to a people who had lost their way.  Faithfulness was strained and if we are to imagine them hearing these words as they rebuild the temple, they need to know that their work begins with turning to God; it begins as a response to the work that God is already doing in their lives.
The same can be said about our approach to the Christmas holiday.  We don’t make Christmas happen.  Everything we do this season should be a response to the gracious love and overwhelming peace God offers to each one of us.

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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