[#pictureLent] March 6: LOVE

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By Rev. Wes Cain
Wimberley United Methodist Church
Wimberley, Texas

First, read Psalm 107:7-22

My middle son Joseph is beautiful. He has the bluest of blue eyes and curls that perfectly frame a smile that can melt the hardest of hearts. At only eighteen months, he knows that he is cute as a button, and he knows he can get away with almost anything. 

Because of this, he is sometimes what my wife and I refer to as a terrorizer. He rarely listens, he maniacally destroys all of his brother’s Lego creations, and he climbs absolutely everything. I cannot tell you how many times I have rescued him mere seconds before he would have tumbled off of the couch, the toy chest, the table, the bed, or the bookshelf. 

Only once so far has he hurt himself, and it was 100% his fault. That did not at all stop me from running to him, scooping him up in my arms, and holding him tight until he calmed down, realized he wasn’t actually hurt, and that Daddy had been there all along to make sure that he stayed safe. 

Psalm 107 reminds us that this is how God’s love works for us as well. Thanks be to God that no matter what, our Father is there to scoop us up when we fall. 

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that when I fall, when I cry out, you are there. Thank you, Lord, for you are good. Your steadfast love endures forever. Amen.

Discussion Questions for Reflection:

  1. Who are those in the world today that are crying out from the pit, and how might God be calling you to respond in divine love to them?
  2. How do you understand God’s saving love? Is the image of a divine parent helpful for you?