READINGOld Testament: Jeremiah 31:27-34
Psalms: Psalms 137, 144
New Testament: Romans 11:25-36
Gospel: John 11:28-44, 12:37-50
Evening Psalms: Psalms 42, 43
“From your point of view as you hear and embrace the good news
of the Message, it looks like the Jews are God’s enemies.
But looked at from the long-range perspective of God’s over all purpose,
they remain God’s oldest friends.
God’s gifts and God’s call are under full warranty—never canceled, never rescinded.”
(Romans 11:29, The Message)
Jake and I had been close friends and coworkers for many years. We were roommates, traveled together, I babysat her children, and we had lots of fun. Then I moved to Virginia, and we lost touch. We exchanged a few Christmas cards, but we missed out on important events and life’s ups and downs. After about 10 years, I went back to visit family and friends, and one evening we were able to spend time together. I was a little anxious that our relationship wouldn’t be the same; that we might not be able to get past the lives lived apart over so many years. What would we talk about?
When we saw each other, arms opened wide for a long overdue hug, and the time apart was not a problem. We reminisced, laughed, showed pictures (the little kids she had when I left were all grown up now), and caught up on our lives. Our relationship and connection were still there after all those years. It’s not the same as it was (neither are we), but we’re still close, and we still understand each other.
This verse from Romans tells us me that God never gives up on us. I always intended to be a better friend to Jake. Similarly, I always intend to spend more time listening to God, reading my Bible, and working to build a better relationship with God. Although other things always seem to take up my time, God doesn’t give up on me; His gifts and love are always there. And that knowledge keeps calling me back to try again to make that relationship closer and stronger.