God said, "When the bow is in the clouds,
I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between
´╗┐God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."
Genesis 9:16
A covenant is unlike other agreements in that it can't be broken. Even if one party fails to maintain the agreement, the other party is still expected to fulfill its commitment.

Consider what it means that God has made an everlasting covenant with us. In this season of Lent, what does it tell you that God chooses - even insists - on being in a relationship with you?
God of ancient covenants,
your steadfast love and faithfulness are new every morning.
We thank you that we can begin this day
in the confidence of your abiding love and mercy.
Help us to treat others - family, friends, coworkers, classmates, and even strangers -
with love and mercy in our encounters today.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
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