“I like you just the way you are.” Those words spoken by one of our most effective evangelists, Mr. Fred Rogers, cause a momentary wave of relief?...gratitude?...peace? all of the above? to roll through my soul. Are the words too simplistic? I think not. We can waste far too much time and energy striving for, working to be worthy of God’s love. No effort on our part is needed! Do we strive to receive the bright beams of the sun? Do we work to be worthy of the refreshing fall of a gentle rain? Of course not. We can only receive these gifts of creation. So it is with the love of God. All we need do is receive it. Thrive in it. Rejoice and be glad in it! Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Grace and peace to you,
I was out of town last week, thus I missed sending epiphany thoughts to you. And, to be sure, if you wish to stop receiving these reflections - not a problem. My feelings will not be hurt. Please let me know. OK?