“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son” (John 3:16).
From Pauses for Lent by Trevor Hudson:
Sometimes we make the gospel too small. We reduce it to individuals being reconciled to God or even to God forming a special community. But God’s work goes far beyond those acts. God’s plan includes the healing of the whole world.
God’s loving arms surround the globe. They embrace every human being, nation, and culture. They embrace the trees, mountains, rivers, and every living thing. God wants to rescue, restore, and reconcile the whole world.
God invites us to be part of this divine dream. We cannot take on all human needs and struggles, but we can serve God by taking a small role in healing and reconciliation wherever our lives take us.
As you experience Sabbath rest today, pray for those around the world who are suffering from COVID-19. Pray for the world economy. Pray for peace, health, and wholeness for a world community. Pray for the small parts you may play in healing and reconciliation in the name of Christ who came to offer himself for the entire world. Finally, imagine your God with loving arms around you and around the human family.
-- Reverend Dr. Pam Rowley