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Contemplation and Conversation: 7th Sunday of Easter, May 12, 2024

Scripture 1 John 5:9-13 NRSVUE https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+John+5%3A9-13+&version=NRSVUE

If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. 10 Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

From Rev. Heather Leffler

Sometimes Christians use passages like these to set us apart from other people and justify mistreating people who are different. When I read these words they testify to the love with which God created the world, the love that was born into the world that first Christmas, the love Jesus shared with all the people he met in his life, the self giving love that died on the cross and the love that returned to the world and lives in and through us by the Spirit.

We have the gift of being part of communities of faith that experience eternal love through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. God’s invitation to us is to see all people as siblings. We don’t need to convert people to our way of knowing God. Following Jesus’ example we are urged to respond to people with love and wonder so we can discover their unique gifts from God and work with all our siblings to bring reconciliation and healing to all God’s children and the earth. May it be so.

Contemplation and Conversation

When have you been surprised by love?

Prayer

Reconciling God, we give you thanks for your unlimited love
and compassion.  Help us to see the mystery
and beauty of everyone and everything we meet. Amen.

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