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God's love is always faithfully at work, always chasing after us.

God's love continues to enter into all the ordinary, marvelous, and messy realities of life in this world.

May you experience this great and faithful love today.

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Lord God of heavenly forces, how long will you fume against your people’s prayer? You’ve fed them bread made of tears; you’ve given them tears to drink three times over! You’ve put us at odds with our neighbors; our enemies make fun of us. Restore us, God of heavenly forces! Make your face shine so that we can be saved!

Psalm 80:4-7

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These words may seem a bit out of place to us in a season of hope, peace, love, and joy. Yet they are ones we all come to at some point in our lives. We wonder how long it will be until things change, how long it will be until God does something about the suffering in our world or our own lives. Tears are our food and drink.

Today's scripture reminds us: we don't have to pretend with God. We are loved fully and unconditionally. God is big enough to handle our questions and honest words. Scripture includes many prayers crying out to God about what is wrong and broken in the world, while also asking God to step in and make things right.

Today, take time to cry out to God about the pain in the world and even in your own life. Ask God to bring healing and set things right. But be prepared: one of the ways God might want to do this is by working through your hands, feet, and voice.

Chris Cash

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God of Love, there is so much suffering and pain in this world. Please bring healing and make things right. Show me ways you want to use me to make this happen. Amen.

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Today, may you experience the relentless, faithful love of God entering your world. May it change you.

May that same love send you out into this world to relentlessly, faithfully love others as you have been loved.

Chris Cash

Chris Cash is an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a graduate of the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. He serves as pastor of Oxford Christian Church in Georgetown, Kentucky, where he, his wife Erin, and their daughter Ella also reside. He enjoys running, Chicago Cubs baseball, superheroes, reading, family time, and sweet tea.

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