Someone told me when I was a child that God’s love for me was greater than anyone else’s love for me. This was unfathomable for me. It was difficult at this age (albeit reassuring) to take this in but equally difficult was the idea that despite knowing everything about me (even the worst parts), God loved me still.
Here’s how J.I. Packer puts it: There is tremendous relief in knowing that [God’s] love to me is utterly realistic, based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst about me, so that no discovery now can disillusion him about me, in the way I am so often disillusioned about myself, and quench his determination to bless me.”
This is a relief and potently reassuring. We are known by God but we seek Him as well, even seeking to know Him as a friend knows a friend.
One of the ways God invites us to seek Him is through prayer. Jesus said: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7).
One of the ways we pray is asking Him for healing and restoration, as friends but also as His children. Healing was central to the ministry of Jesus for good reason. We still need healing today.
During our prayer time on Wednesday, we’ll be celebrating God’s work in the life of our own parishioners: Kimberly and Nathan Sauer. We’ll be celebrating and also continuing our prayers for healing and restoration in their lives and in the lives of us all.
You’re invited to gather with us this Wednesday at 7pm as we seek the God who knows us and loves us completely. See you then!