Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

READING


Old Testament: Jeremiah 13:1-11
Morning Psalms: Psalms 87, 90
New Testament: Romans 6:12-23
Gospel: John 8:47-59
Evening Psalms: Psalms 136

DEVOTIONAL


“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”
(Psalm 136)

Contemplating today’s readings left me with a deep longing to talk to my mother. She was a Presbyterian minister’s daughter and grew up in the church (almost literally). She was the one who really taught me about God and would have relished the chance to help me embrace Him through scripture. Sadly that’s not an option now, as I lost her long ago; but I think I know what she would have focused on…
 
“His love endures forever.”

We would have discussed God as a teacher, the wrathful God, the cryptic messages, the deep meanings; but it would always come back to…
 
“His love endures forever.”

She would have argued that really the printers made a big mistake; they missed the exclamation point, and she would probably have chanted several times, over and over, until she found the most pleasing notes…
 
“His love endures forever!”

I lost Mom when I was 22, and her presence in our lives has been sorely missed. I would always say it was way too soon, but I wouldn’t have said that I lost her when I was ‘young’. Our son’s 21st birthday will have passed by the time you are reading this. I’m struck anew by how young I really was when she passed and by the sudden realization that I’ve now lived more than half my life without being able to be with my mother. The only real comfort to the enduring sense of loss is the sure and certain knowledge that, like Our Father’s love and because she is with Him…
 
“Her love endures forever.”

JWS (3/9/13)





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