August 29 Edevotional
I’m borrowing this morning from Richard Rohr, for this word about grace. I need more grace in my life, less grief. Maybe you do, too?
YHWH, YHWH, a God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and abounding in faithfulness. For the thousandth generation, YHWH maintains kindness, forgiving all your faults, transgressions, and sins. (Exodus 34:6-7)
Somehow, against all odds and neighbors, the children of Israel were able to experience a God who was merciful (in Hebrew, rhm), compassionate/gracious (hnn), steadfast in love (hsd), tenaciously faithful (‘emeth) and forgiving (ns’). This is the dynamic center of their entire belief system, as it should be ours and, like all spiritual mystery, seems to be endlessly generative and fruitful, culminating in the full-blown—and literally unthinkable—concept of grace.
We first see the idea of grace in the Hebrew Scriptures through the concept of election or chosenness. This is eventually called “covenant love” because it finally becomes a mutual giving and receiving. This love is always initiated from YHWH’s side toward the people of Israel, and they gradually learn to trust it and respond in kind. The Bible shows a relentless movement toward intimacy and divine union between Creator and creatures. For this to happen, there needs to be some degree of compatibility, likeness, or even “sameness” between the two parties. In other words, there has to be a little bit of God in us that wants to find Itself.
From the God in me, to the God in you, grace and peace.
SMALL GROUP FAITH FORMATION
Beginning Saturday, September 1, 9:30 am, we will gather for Small Group Faith Formation.
If you are interested in growing your faith and deepening your spirituality, you will find this group
to be a great means of sharing, learning, and praying together. We will be focusing on the book,
Grounded, by Diana Butler Bass. Books will be available in the class
Line dance is back. First session dates are 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9 and 10/16.
$50 per session, this class meets in our basement.
THE BOOK GROUP
We are getting ready to start another year of great books and lively discussion.
We will be discussing A Gentleman in Moscow by Towles. We are meeting at
Sue Mueller’s home from 7-8:30 pm on Wednesday, September 19th.