Can love change things? We hear the word too often and our troubles continue. And yet. . . . love is the seed that gives birth to new life. Love is the backbone of sacrifice. Love is the yardstick of forgiveness. Love is the laughter in times of pain. And scripture tells us God is love. Yes, love changes everything. Today’s Sunday Psalm is a prayer seeking that God and God’s powerful, healing love.
Tender, Compassionate God:
In the Psalms you tell us you store our tears in a bottle. There is not one injustice, ache, loss, doubt, and trauma of ours you do not know intimately and intend to make right. You long to comfort us as a mother gathering a child close to her breast. In your great love you sent your son to touch the untouchable, walk with the lonely, heal the broken, and see the unseen. You wept when Lazarus died.
You care for each of your children, those in our neighborhoods and families and work places. You are with the hungry and lost in our world. You love unconditionally.
Today we seek you powerful, healing love.
Your hessed is active, powerful love. Your love is more than sentiment. You raised Lazarus from the grave. You sacrificed your Son to reverse and redeem our loss and pain and brokenness.
Pour out your redemption and grace on us this day.
Create in us a heart after your heart. Enliven our worship with your Holy Spirit. Fill our work with your power. Burn away our selfishness and other impurities. Make us shine with and for you.