Grace

Daily reading: Galatians 1:13-17, 2:11-21
Sunday May 21, 2017

Focus passage: But God had set me apart from birth and called me through his grace.  He was pleased to reveal his Son to me, so that I might preach about him to the Gentiles.  I didn’t immediately consult with any human being. Galatians 1:15-16

Throughout the scriptures, what we find is that God is always up to something bigger than our words can capture.  Grace, welcome, unearned, and hospitality all help us to define the active work of God in community. The book of Galatians is a letter about grace and how it sets the parameters for a healthy, Christ centered community.

Take some time today to reflect on a time when you were welcomed in (where your voice, gifts and unique culture were valued).  What did that feel like?  Allow that moment to infuse how you welcome others in.  Take time today to practice radical hospitality and grace.

Prayer: Gracious Creator, unsettle our assumptions and our egos.  Open us up to hear your word and grace to welcome in everyone, so that there is room enough for your Holy Spirit to stretch us so there is room for Christ to dwell in and among us.  Amen.

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