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Neighbors Growing Together | Feb 26, 2017

Parson to Person - That’s so like our God

By REV. MARK R. YOUNGQUIST, Swedesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church | Jan 06, 2017

Share living quarters with another person, and we learn how eccentric and odd the habits of other people seem to be. We might be bugged by practices like the person leaving their clothes all over the floor, never picking up, or by personality traits, like their being grumpy until that first cup of coffee.

I think you know what I’m talking about. Someone leaves the lid off the toothpaste tube, again, and you have to scrape out the dried up toothpaste before you can use it. And you say to yourself, “That’s so like Henry.”

Oh, it’s not all negative things. You might be home with a terrible cold when the doorbell rings and your neighbor comes in with a huge pot of chicken soup. You whisper gratefully, “That’s so like Arlene.”

In Jeremiah 31:10-12, we hear Jeremiah telling the people, “Hear the word of the Lord, Oh nations, and declare it in the coastlands afar off; say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.’ For the Lord has ransomed Jacob, and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him. They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall be like a watered garden, and they shall languish no more.”

What a great image of God’s love for us! Throughout the Bible, we are given these reassurances of God showing His love to humanity. The idea that the Creator of the universe would want to have a personal relationship with each one of us, His creation, should cause us to examine each page of the Bible carefully, in amazement that God’s remarkable grace for humanity is “so like our God!”

I believe that each one of us has story after story of God reaching out to us in love. I hope that you will take the time this week to share these stories with another person, encouraging each other’s faith. And what would we say in response to each of these stories of God’s involvement in our lives? “That’s so like our God!”

As we come to the beginning of another new year, we know that it will have its ups and downs, hills and valleys. The person of faith will be able to see that God is there, through good and bad times, in all circumstances.

In whatever of these life situations you find yourself, may you be reminded this day of God’s great love for you! His assurance of walking with you every day. His promise of eternal life with Him. Through it all we find ourselves saying, “That’s so like our God!”

 

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