August 12

Isaiah 5:1-3

“Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.” vs. 1

As Isaiah began his work in Jerusalem he took pains to remind the people of the special love relationship that existed between them and the Lord. It wasn’t just an accident that things had worked so well for them in their long history as a nation. They had done well because they were the beloved people of God…it was out of love that they now lived in this fertile and productive land. It’s important for all of us to remember that all things that God does in this universe are grounded in love…we have existence because we are loved. Good things have been showered upon us because we are loved. Hopefully we’ve gotten used to hearing this in the course of our lives…but for some reason love is one of the easiest things for us to begin to doubt. We even doubt the love of our parents! Some doubt the love of their spouses or children. But we should never question the overarching love of God…it was present in our beginnings and will be there at our endings. We hear it in the words of scripture and see it in the bounty of creation. We feel it in the hugs and kisses of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Love is all around us…and it all begins with God!

Thought for the Day: What has caused me to doubt that I am loved?

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