Take This Cup: March 18th

by JAMIE SOPER

Luke 14

In reading The Parable of the Lost Sheep, the Come Thou Fount verses come to mind.  We are prone to wander, but His mercy streams over us and rescues us from danger.  Not only does he welcome us back into his fold, but he celebrates our return and rejoices over us! I can vividly see God’s goodness and kindness and feel his reckless love like an overwhelmingly comforting and parental hug in this passage in Luke. 

During this past covid year (that has at times felt like 5 years), there have been times when my parenting has been less than patient. We’ve been gifted this abundance of quality family time that has been awesome, but also quite trying as we’re faced with three little versions of the most frustrating parts of ourselves!  We can’t turn our attention to busy ourselves with things outside of the home, but have had to sit in the yuck and work through it.  We have been given the opportunity to practice unconditional, non-shaming, beautiful, patient love.  

That’s what I want as a Mama because that’s what God wants for me – for my kids to know that family equals unconditional love and for those three hearts to be so filled up that they spill over onto those people they encounter each day. I’ll love you forever. I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living my baby you’ll be. No matter what! “For the mountains may move and hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain.  My covenant of blessing will never be broken,’ says the Lord, who has mercy on you.”  Isaiah 54:10 

Dear Lord, we pray that we impart your compassion and your heart to others in our daily lives.  Help me to foster life and hope into people that others deem as lost or dead. Open our eyes to celebrate, not judge, others and remember they are your children.