The people of Israel
called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers
made with honey. Exodus 16:31
By this we know love, that He laid down His
life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need,
yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in
him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed
and in truth. 1 John 3:16-18
God is sufficient.
And in Sunday School
as we walked through the very beloved and very familiar twenty-third Psalm, we
paused big time on the “I shall not want.”
Does it mean I shall
choose not to want anything outside of what He provides? Are we to reject our
Or does it mean that
each and every morning I chose to assert that He is trustworthy, no matter how
my life may appear at the moment? Then I ponder how that might be true,
noticing His trustworthiness, the evidence of His potent lovingkindness.
Jesus marveled at
the widow’s bold assertation of God’s trustworthiness when she placed her two
small copper coins, all she depended upon, into the treasury box.
Let us ask God to make us true in our love, to make us
sacrificial beings, for it seems to me that sacrifice is only love put into
action. - Elizabeth of the Trinity
God of love, forgive us when we make a mockery of love by
only speaking of love. Burden us with your embodied love so that our first
response may be to love with our hands and feet. May our love take on the flesh
You so humbly bore. Amen.
Loving God, You are a trustworthy provider and protector.
Even when our eyes are not on You, Your eyes are always on us. You know us
inside and out. Teach us to trust You more and more, and bring us back to You
when we lose our way; in Jesus’ name. Amen.
And the folks at AME
always pause, take a deep breath, and sing Amen
very clearly and together as one.