Metanoia: February 20, 2018

Isaiah 55:6–11
Matthew 6:7–15
Psalm 34:15–22

In today’s readings of the Old Testament, The Psalm, and the Gospel from the New Testament, I see a common message: He’s got this!

I am reminded that though we are living in very troubled times and under a divided and prejudiced doctrine of political leadership, God’s justice will prevail. When I am feeling overwhelmed by the cruelty, selfishness, and disrespect I see around me, I sometimes forget to just put it all in God’s hands- where it belongs. He is definitely on a much higher level of the playing field than I am!

The Lord knows what we need even before we ask; He hears our cries and knows the troubles we face. He will keep us safe and lead us down the chosen path. God simply asks us to love one another, to forgive and to pray for others. When I struggle with the ability to forgive such injustice, I can rest assured knowing that He is a just God and has the power to forgive.

Two years ago, I received the devastating news that my recently-divorced husband’s third attempt at suicide was successful. I fell to my knees and cried out to God, “Forgive him, Father! He was so lost in his pain!” I heard God’s answer, “Child, I have taken him home, he is safe and at peace now.” Such a forgiveness was too hard for me, but not for our Father.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come,Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. In your name, I pray. Amen.
-Sherri Greenleaf