What blessed news to hear as we approach Holy Week and I couldn’t agree more – what a treat to open the door to God for all to enter, day in and day out – being a herald to the joy of God’s presence!
What an interesting Psalm to read as we consider that the space the disciples inhabited was about to be turned upside-down as their friend and Master was tried, convicted and killed for loving the world. How often do we lean into that love? Is it too good to be true? How do we trust God’s extravagant love in a world that seems to be short on trust? But God as sun and shield is a provider of warmth and protection – God wraps us in a cloak of righteousness and peace and then sends us back out as bearers of news worthy to be trusted!
LORD of hosts, shine the light of your love on this gloomy world of sin and pain, giving us strength to shine through the pain to bear that love with joy and gladness, ushering in the glow of your abundant grace! Amen.
Patti Axel is the pastor of Nativity Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, GA.
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