“Contemplation is nothing more than one’s whole person being seized by the reality of God’s love.” – Brother Roger, founder of the Taize Community in France
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Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his mercy endures forever.
What is your image of God?
Many times we form our images of God in our childhood.
Those images usually take the pattern of authority figures in our lives, such as our parents.
Chances are, if your father or mother was very critical, judgmental, and liable to punish you for missteps, then your image of God might be similar.
We might get the idea that we have to appease God – or else.
In the bible, I think we see reflected to us the progression over time of how human beings interpreted God.
If someone had an affliction, then people thought it was a punishment from God.
But Jesus specifically said that this was not so.
In the ninth chapter of John, verses one to three, Jesus is asked about a man born blind as to whether he or his parents had sinned.
Jesus replied that neither he nor his parents had sinned, but it was so that the works of God might be made visible through him.
When we see someone who is afflicted in some way, it usually evokes compassion in others.
Others are moved to come to that person’s aid.
And many times the afflicted person also overcomes great odds in carrying out great works.
These are all the works of God through people.
Today’s scripture verse says that God is good.
Do you believe that?
Who is the person in your life who you would describe as good?
God is infinitely more good than that person!
As Richard Rohr has stated many times: “God doesn’t love you because you are good; God loves you because God is good.”
I remember a time of a personal failure when, instead of feeling God’s wrath, I was inspired to write a song about the love of Jesus.
It came out of the blue like a total gift of grace.
I recorded that song, Come to Jesus, on my second album.
I later found out that a fellow jail minister was using that recording regularly in his ministry.
This, my friend, is the mercy of God that endures forever.
It is truly reason to give thanks.
For God is good.
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Remember: God loves you!