|We are the communion of saints--imperfect, and deeply loved by God.|
For several days I've been reflecting with God's desire to be with me, right here, right now. Not to be with me as I wish or plan or plot out my future, but to be with me in all that I am and all that I am capable of on this day and at this moment. Today's lectionary brought this back to me...
Wisdom 11:22-12:2 (today's first reading):
Before the LORD the whole universe is as a grain from a balance
or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.
But you have mercy on all, because you can do all things;
and you overlook people's sins that they may repent.
For you love all things that are
and loathe nothing that you have made;
for what you hated, you would not have fashioned.
And how could a thing remain, unless you willed it;
or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you?
But you spare all things, because they are yours,
O LORD and lover of souls,
for your imperishable spirit is in all things!
Therefore you rebuke offenders little by little,
warn them and remind them of the sins they are committing,
that they may abandon their wickedness and believe in you, O LORD!
Each one of us has been created by a loving God, with unique gifts and limitations, and our God is so completely in love with us that time together is cherished by God--what a motivation to spend time in prayer!
These last months have been for me a time of illness and very slow healing, and I have been so conscious of my limitations that I haven't really felt like myself because I cannot do all the things I want to do. It has helped me to remember that God is with me no matter what, and that the limitations I see as problems or defects are nothing in God's eyes. We are unconditionally loved by God, who "loves all things that are," as they are, for God made them! It doesn't matter what I can't do right now. What matters is that I follow Jesus as best I can, regardless of how limited I feel, right here and right now.