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Saturday, February 6, 2016
Today’s Reading | Acts 17:24–28
The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ (NRSV)
Imagine what Paul was going through as he sought to spread the good news while traveling from place to place. He was undeterred by skeptics that he met along the way as he kept going and slowly others joined him. Have you ever been that committed or put that much energy into a cause? What is stopping you?
Knowing that God is part of my being, no matter what the situation, is very comforting indeed. It gives me the strength to commit myself and gives me faith that I will never be separated from the love of God. Why is it that we usually wait until we’re about to panic before we call upon the love of God to surround us? Nothing we do is outside of God’s love—ever. There isn’t anything else that matters once we realize that essential truth. You can count on it.
Dear God, thank you for everything you’ve given to me. Remind me to be more humble, grateful, charitable, and kind. Amen.
Written by Lesley Conzelman, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church
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