November 10, 2021

Lately

Do the cool mountain streams ever dry up? Yet my people have forgotten me.
Jeremiah 18:14-15 (CEB)
What have you done for me lately? That simple question has been the recurring them of the human relationship with the divine since the Garden of Eden. God gives and we take... and then forget the Source of our blessings. Freedom is too much trouble, and so we long for the flesh pots of Egypt. The manna from heaven offers too little variety, and so we demand other food. A healing, loving Savior isn't political enough (or is he too political?) and so we ask for Barabbas instead.
And yet the nature of God's love seems to be the opposite of human nature. As fleeting as our feelings are and as feeble as our memories, God never forgets us. Once a part of the flock, we will not be forgotten; God will love us to the end. Out of love, God sent us Jesus. And the love with which Jesus loves us is, in fact, the love of God. We need but live in it, soak it up, remember where it came from, and that love will not only be ours, but we can share it with others.
It's all about remembering the Source of the love in our lives.

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.
 John 15:9
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Thank you for your love, O God. Help me to live in its freedom, remember its Source, and share it with others.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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