The divine ratification we need is that which comes with the good news that God really does love all people without exception, that God loves “us,” and, most importantly, that God loves me! The heartwarming part of the Good News is that we do not have to come to this stunning truth all by ourselves. As we make our efforts to reach out and be open to this loving God, God is already there helping us. This is grace: “I am here; I am with you; I love you; I will never let you go!”
—From To Walk Together Again by Richard M. Gula, in A Guide to Prayer for All God’s People by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck (Upper Room Books, 1990)
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But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
—Titus 3:4-5 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, I am humbled to hear the good news that you love me and will never let me go. Guide me this day to share this good news with those around me. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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