Oh righteous Father! The world has not known you, but I have known you; and these have known that you sent me. And I have declared to them your name and will declare it, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them. (John 17: 25 – 26)
Our omniscient and all loving God loves us unconditionally because he IS love. He has known my sin since before creation and is not surprised by me or disappointed in me. He gave all of us his Son, Jesus who paid our price for salvation. The Son paid the price for my sin granting me eternal salvation because he loves me. The Father expressed his love for a broken, sinful world through the life, death and resurrection of his Son. The Father initiated his plan to save us out of a heart of love. The Son accepted this assignment that took him to the cross to pay for our sins out of love.
Lord God thank you for loving and forgiving me. Thank you for your Son Jesus who demonstrated his love for me on the cross. I pray that you fill my heart with love and that I might reflect your light and love for others to witness especially in this season of Christmas. I ask this in Jesus’ name.
Mike Kermode, food bank director