Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 19, 2006
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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God knows us
"O Lord, you have searched me and known me."
I have often reflected with amazement that God knows
ME. God knows you. God KNOWS everything about us.
God knows when we sit or stand. God knows what we
are going to say even before we know. God actually
knows us better than we know ourselves. God hears
our prayers and cares deeply for us. God knows if
we are closeted or out. God has searched us before
our birth and has known us before our conception
Our caring God loves us and invites us into prayers
with our feelings that at times may be too deep for
words. We can be assured that God cares. God sees.
God stops, looks, and listens to our cries. It is
wonderful to be with God. We can never hide from
our loving God. Planet earth is too small. We can
be comforted with the few words in today's meditation.
God knows and loves us deeply. The God who knows us
is enough for all our concerns. We can approach this
knowing, loving God with all our cares. Truly this
knowledge is too wonderful for words! We often forget
that we are a gift to God.
We also frequently forget or find difficult to believe
that God wants to be known by us. It is a wonderful
two-way relationship that can be personal and intimate.
I know many people who believe in God but are afraid.
Perhaps they have experienced abusive religion or
religious persons who have told them they are
unforgivable or abominable sinners. Their fear factor
is high. It is extremely difficult in my own life to
deeply love someone who has hurt me.
People, not God, are the abusers. God will never
refuse, reject, denigrate, or ridicule us. God wants
to be known by us. Take courage and leave past and
damaging stereotypes of God. Take a risk with God
and begin spending some leisure time together. A
Jewish prophet revealed the heart of God for us
through these words, "I don't want your sacrifices,
I want your love; I don't want your offerings, I
want you to know me" (Hosea 6:6 TLB).
Continue to search us, O God. Know us and help us
know and love you. Lead us in love one day at a
Grace and peace,
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