God’s Love—Tender and Firm

1-16By Sara Parkin of Midland, Michigan, USA

How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

—Psalm 36:7–9

On a cold, snowy day in winter a lot of noise was coming from the garage below my room. New noises brought me immediately to the world of the awakened. Still in my pajamas, I rushed downstairs.

My father was kneeling beside a newborn calf, wiping it off with a towel. “His mother dropped it in the south pasture then went off to the barn without it. He would have died if I hadn’t been there to shelter and comfort him. Please bring some milk.”

A black and white Holstein calf stood on wobbly legs. It was beautiful. The calf was one of our first since buying a farm and moving from the city. It was the firstborn during the winter months. The calf took to the milk bottle right away with his tail expressing pleasure.

All during the experience my father spoke to the calf in soft, comforting words. He worked the calf’s muscles with his hands, warm and tender. The calf’s eyes reflected gratitude and trust.

God cares for us in this way—with faithful, reconciling love, breaking down the walls of mistrust. We are blessed by a Living God who moves in and through all Creation and guides us through the Holy Spirit.

Prayer for Peace
Guide us, God, with your tenderness. Lead us, Lord with your gentle Spirit. Teach us how to share Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Develop Disciples to Serve
Read and reflect on Psalm 42:1–2. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to respond to people and their needs. The call to journey inward can restore us in times of physical or spiritual depletion. Imagine you can feel a vessel at the center of your being (a clay jar, a crystal vase, a metal bucket, or other container). Imagine drawing something from the vessel to share with another person, but as you reach inside you find only a tiny pool of stagnant liquid. You are thirsty and dry; empty.

Listen prayerfully again to the psalm, “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” As you feel restored, thank God for the opportunity to be a responding, serving disciple while you move into the outward journey. Remember this exercise as you drink water throughout the day.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, as I willingly receive your love, I also will willingly receive your guidance.

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