February 24, 2012

Feb. 24: Unexplainable love

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By Karina Rohrer-Meck, a junior nursing major from Archbold, Ohio

SCRIPTURE: Mark 1:9-15 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:

“I will remember my covenant” is this week’s theme. Sometimes in our everyday, busy lives, this is easy to forget.

Reading the Good News in today’s Scripture is an inspiration to remember to do this every day we wake up. The descending of the dove onto Jesus is a meaningful symbol of God’s unconditional love that descends on us and can give us peace. As well, when Jesus was being tempted in the wilderness, the angels attended him. These two ideas are so powerful together. In our everyday lives we face countless temptations. No matter the temptation, we are able to find peace in God’s love. This is an unexplainable love, a powerful love. This love can be beaten down, yet it still rises and wins the day. This love is the greatest force in the world, yet it does not threaten, break apart or destroy. This force brings us together and heals us.

When I think about this, it settles my tempted and tried heart. Although we can be beaten down by this world, we are not destroyed because we can rest in God’s never failing love. This love can save us from all the hardships we face. As the Scripture states, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

Let us remember our covenants with love filled hearts, and let this love be our peace.

SCRIPTURE: Mark 1:9-15 (NRSV)
9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” 12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

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Comments (9)

  1. Thanks for shaing God’s word of love Karina. It was great to wake up and read the devotional written by someone I know!! May God’s love and peace be yours today!

    Sandy Stuckey February 24, 2012 |
  2. Exactly what I need to be reminded of – God’s never ending love – and that I am God’s beloved child, in whom He is well pleased.

    Mike February 24, 2012 |
  3. “This is an unexplainable love, a powerful love. This love can be beaten down, yet it still rises and wins the day. This love is the greatest force in the world, yet it does not threaten, break apart or destroy. This force brings us together and heals us.”
    Your words are so wise and comforting for me this morning as I continue to mourn and grieve the death of my beloved husband and best friend. Thanks for sharing your gifts.

    Ella February 24, 2012 |
  4. You chose two very special signs of God’s love to his son, and as you said, we, too, can experience God’s love and peace in whatever life brings. It is indeed Good News. Thanks for sharing.

    Ruth February 24, 2012 |
  5. Well put, Karina. The only power I know God to have is the power of his faithful love that creates and sanctifies. May this love be upon you and me.
    Mervyn Carapiet

    Mervyn Carapiet February 24, 2012 |
  6. My mother was diagnosed with mouth cancer in 1993 and endured 12 surgeries over the following 8 years until her death in 2001. Toward the end of her life she made a statement that has stuck with me to this day. I was riding the elevator with her after the doctor informed her that the cancer had returned and was now in her lungs too. We were the only two in the elevator and she looked at me and said, “Brad, where do you go when what’s killing you is living inside of you?”
    My mother’s question would return to me three years later when I was in my second treatment for alcoholism and was told that what I have is a primary, progressive, and incurable brain disorder.
    It’s in my brain? Yes.
    I have it even when I’m not drinking? Yes.
    There’s no cure for it? No.
    That’s not good news. No it isn’t. .
    I don’t feel safe. You shouldn’t , you aren’t
    “Where do you go when what’s killing you lives inside you?”
    Lent is God answering my mother’s question by saying, “Exactly, you’re dying, life is not safe, neither is faith in me, it’s not about safety. That’s what tonight is about for me. That’s why I like the season of Lent so much. It begins with ashes, it confirms my diagnosis, that I am mortal, that what’s killing me (whether alcoholism or sin or my fallen nature or life itself) is living inside of me.
    Lent is Jesus calling me to follow him into the desert, away from safety and into uncertainty, away from myself and into him, away from my fear of death and into a greater mystery; the wilderness life which is faith in him.

    Brad February 24, 2012 |
  7. The image of the Spirit descending like a dove and God”s affirming message of “You are my Son, the Beloved are beautiful comforting and inspiring images which are then followed by the harsher image of the “Spirit immediately” driving Jesus into the wilderness. This morning I reflected on the many times in my life that I been totally at peace, feeling the presence of the spirit and hearing the affirming message of God ,“You are my child with you I am well pleased.” And then I have immediately been driven into the wilderness of chaos, of a hurting world and unexpected challenges. And I ask myself, does following the way of Jesus mean learning to love the dance between contentment in feeling the presence of the Spirit and God and struggling in the wilderness?

    Agnes February 24, 2012 |
  8. Thank you, Karina! I would just like to offer a prayer and a word of encouragement to Brad (6 above): keep on keeping on with putting your trust in God!

    Shirley Hsu February 24, 2012 |
  9. @Ella – I’m sorry to hear about your loss. I will keep you and Brad (6) in my prayers. I have never met either of you, but I believe that we are all part of one spiritual community, and that we belong to each other.

    Elizabeth S.O. February 25, 2012 |