Monday, February 26, 2007

Deuteronomy 8:11-20; Psalms 41, 52; Hebrews 2:11-18; John 2:1-12

Today’s reading from Hebrews reminds us of our kinship with Jesus. Since we have been set apart by God and made holy, we are able to claim ourselves his brothers and sisters. It is in this connection that Jesus had to be made “like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

It’s reassuring to go about our day knowing there is nothing we are experiencing that Jesus himself does not understand – that therefore he can help us through. It’s comforting to know that Jesus, by carrying our sins to the cross and conquering death, healed the broken relationship we once had with our Father.

While selecting books at the library for my preschool class, I came upon the book All the Way to God by Katie and Michael Giuliano. As I read, it reminded me of this passage from Hebrews, of the sacrifice Jesus gave and his ultimate gift of love that brought us back to God. The story recounts the bedtime ritual of a father and his four year old daughter. When asked, “How much does Daddy love you?” his daughter would stretch out her arms as far as she could to show him how much.

To his surprise, one night after she responded in her usual way she said, “But, Daddy, I love you even more, I love you all the way to the ceiling.” Not to be out done he responded back, “If you love me all the way to the ceiling, then I love you all the way to the roof.”

And so the game continued until they had reached the very end of the galaxy. Knowing the end of the galaxy is pretty far away but also knowing she loved her father very much, the little girl smiled and said, “Daddy, you may love me to the end of the galaxy, but I love you even more… I love you all the way to God!

How like a child to so beautifully put the gift that Jesus gave us all.

Debbie Vereb

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