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March 5, 2021

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:2-3

What a glorious day! Not only is it beautiful outside, but my whole family has the day off. No work for me, no school for Erika or the kids. What to do? Well, after slowly getting ourselves moving this morning, the boys and I went to the batting cage. Time to knock the rust off those swings. Did I take them because I love baseball? Because I like throwing BP? No. I took them because they’re my kids and I’m their father. Baseball is great, but it’s being with them that matters.

Possessive pronouns carry a lot of meaning within a few letters. Entire relationships, in fact. It is not accidental that when the Lord gives the Law to the people at Mount Sinai, God begins not with rules but with relationship. “I am the Lord your God.” The Lord isn’t simply God; the Lord is their God. This God does not simply act; this God acts for this people because this God loves this people. As heirs of the covenant through Christ, we have a God. We don’t own God, of course, but we do possess God. God is ours, given to us in Christ.

Tonight I’m going to spend a few hours with some fourth graders at our annual Holy Communion retreat. What joy to teach young people about what God does in this sacrament, whether they’re preparing to receive for the first time or have been communing all their lives. I always make sure to tell them that when the pastor places the bread in their open hand, God is literally giving Godself to them. In that moment, they have God. Just as in every moment, God has us.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

O Lord our God, how glorious it is to spend time in your presence. Thank you for the gift of Jesus. Help us to meditate upon your Law today, that we may live our your purposes for one another. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Anders at “the Celle.”

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