Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Reflection and Renewal: We Want Things Our Way

God, you are loving and kind. Your grace is bottomless. You want us to reflect that same love and grace in your world.

But this can be difficult to do sometimes. We’re constantly bombarded with messages from other voices - voices that say we should make ourselves the center of our worlds, that we should narrow our focus on on just ourselves, and that we should pursue what will make us feel good right away.

As a result, we sometimes find ourselves pushing away from connection and community because we don't want anything to impede on our freewheeling and our ability to have things our way.

Other times we think we’re unworthy of being loved, have no value, and therefore assume that no one would ever want to have relationship with us.

It can be so easy for us to fall back into those ruts. We often get it wrong, so we come asking for forgiveness.

May your grace be a constant reminder of the good that we should wish for all of creation. May your love be a continual reminder of the inherent value we have and the original goodness you created the universe with. May we stay committed to and remain active in the work of restoration and renewal in your world.