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God: Stop groveling!

September 25th, 2016 by Maureen

You were ransomed from the empty life handed down from your ancestors, not with perishable silver or gold but by precious blood, as a lamb without blemish or spot, the blood of Christ. 1 Pet. 1:18 (Mounce Reverse Interlinear)

Jesus did not come to recreate a system by which we buy or perform our way into God’s good graces. Over time the Jews developed elaborate traditions of law and a hierarchy of priesthood that traded Friendship with God as Abraham had understood it for interchanges with God the looked more like legal negotiations, business transactions, and lots of groveling. The empty cycle of law, failure, guilt, and sacrifice only awarded precarious, temporary, fluctuating value to humans who used it and distanced its adherents from the love of the Father. Jesus entered the system to upend it. Jesus disrupted the economy of sacrifice. His blood¬†devalued every other sacrificial offering. Jesus restores us to relationship with our eternally gracious Father who loves, values, and supports us because we are His children.

My Father, My Friend, My Redeemer, being with You makes my life full and abundant.

On celebrating our anniversary

June 6th, 2016 by Maureen

Above all, love each other deeply for love covers a multitude of sins. I Pet. 4:8

We have been married 35 years. At one time or another relationships experience conflicting ideas, conflicting purposes, conflicting priorities, conflicting interpretations, conflicting personalities, or conflicting moods and conflict is not always pretty. At one time or another our negative tendencies, behaviors, and attitudes cause us to hurt one another. It’s a wonder we all aren’t hermits! George MacDonald wrote that love is the opener as well as the closer of eyes. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to enjoy a relationship with someone who really sees us with eyes wide open and who helps us see the best in ourselves more clearly, yet cover us with love and grace when we are at our worst. I am so fortunate. Love you, Ted!

Lord, thank you for 35 years of love that covers and reveals.

Empathy

January 18th, 2016 by Maureen

Be of one mind. Empathize with one another. Love each other as brothers. Be tenderhearted and keep a humble attitude. 1 Pet. 3:8

Often, when someone we love is hurting the best prayers we can pray come sliding down our cheeks like liquid empathy. Sometimes trying to assess someone else’s issues or fix their problems simply leads to judging or imposing our own voices over the voice of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes specificity in prayer gets in the way of real comfort and trust. Very often the best thing we can do for those who are hurting is to simply be there, to love them and to trust in God’s love and goodwill towards them.

Lord, help those I love to be aware of Your love and care through me.