Thought of the Day March 23, 2016

By 10:06 AM

"When God makes a covenant with us, God says: 'I will love you with an everlasting love. I will be faithful to you, even when you run away from me, reject me, or betray me.' In our society we don't speak much about covenants; we speak about contracts. When we make a contract with a person, we say: 'I will fulfill my part as long as you fulfill yours. When you don't live up to your promises, I no longer have to live up to mine.' Contracts are often broken because the partners are unwilling or unable to be faithful to their terms. But God didn't make a contract with us; God made a covenant with us, and God wants our relationships with one another to reflect that covenant. That's why marriage, friendship, life in community are all ways to give visibility to God's faithfulness in our lives together." (Henri Nouwen) This weekend, Easter, we will have an opportunity to renew our covenant commitment to the Lord in response to his death and resurrection. As we do, we need to think about what we are saying in response to God's fidelity to us. To be faithful to that covenant of love is our commitment, no matter how hard it will be.

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