BIBLICAL POINT OF REFERENCE:
"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin. So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help."
When I read the readings for this weekend, this section of the second reading (in the biblical point of reference above) really stuck with me. I think the biggest revelation from it is that God understands exactly what each and every one of us goes through. He really gets it. Because, as the biblical point of reference says, He is able to "sympathize with our weaknesses"--the only difference is that He did so without sin. I know what you are all thinking: Sin makes a huge difference! Well, yeah, maybe it does to us, but it doesn't make a difference in understanding when we are talking about God. God comprehends more than us humans could ever possibly hope to even get a glimpse at. He's God for crying out loud! Something I've always loved about the Bible is that there are these really firm moments where we come to realize something that God has given us; in this case, it is the first part of the biblical point of reference, Hebrews 4:15: "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin." Then, there are the still moments that provide us with comfort and a way to move forward. This is seen in the next verse, Hebrews 4:16: "So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help." The Bible is magical; no really, it is. It has this way of inspiring anyone at any point in time to look or try something differently, and in a the way God calls us. My challenge for you ladies today is to take a look at the Bible, and find some of that magic that can be used to spread God's love to others. Take in the enchanting works of our Lord! Your Laughing Sister, Callahan