Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 11, A.D. 2005
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Love Forgives the Debt
God generously allows Himself to be moved with compassion, forgives, and
expects onešs corresponding gift of loving mercy for others.
One witnesses in the torrents of a hurricanešs wrath and destruction, the
mortal wounds of lives lost, families splintered, homes and work taken.
There is a "debt" of need that is created that seeks forgiving remediation
and healing for these mortal wounds of death and destruction.
Compassionate waves of generous care, opened hearts, homes, jobs, and
medicine, reveal God's mercy through those who provide a magnanimous
'seventy-seven timesš response to this "debt" of need. The mortal wounds
suffered will gracefully heal through His merciful love that "forgives" to
bring forth new life, hope and peace through His servants. This echoes His
question, "Which is easier to say, "Pick up your mat and walk", or "Your
sins are forgiven?"
"How often and how much must I 'forgive'?" is answered in the recognition of
onešs total debt to God. The truth that all one is -- and has -- is from
God, inspires "What can I give Him in return for what He so generously gives
to me?"Surely, all that I am, all that I have, is not enough! The
repayment of our debt through forgiveness, mercy, and love extended to
others, is commanded in His"Love one another as I have loved you."
O Lord, may the debt of the immense sorrow, loss, and destruction suffered
by so many, be forgiven through our tireless help, prayers and compassion
through Your redeeming mercy.
- Mary Williams
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