Ambassadors of Love

Behold, you are pleased with sincerity of heart,
and in my inmost being you teach me wisdom.

Psalm 51:8

While organizing my desk for the umpteenth time, I came across an article about church. Recent reflection regarding my own role within the church prompted me to reread this lost treasure. Afterward, I acknowledged that the negative impact of some have distracted me from the amazing good that the church has brought to my life and to the lives of many others. These “others” include both believers and non-believers who have been served by those good souls who do their best to live out their love for God.

I truly believe that God lives among us and within us both inside and outside of our institutional religious affiliations. Whether we worship in a synagogue, mosque, temple, church or elsewhere, within a faith community or alone, our most important God-related responsibility is the same: To live out our relationships with God in our relationships with one another. The technicalities which separate our various denominations must never separate us from one another.

Loving God, open our hearts to your wisdom. Make us all good ambassadors of your love.

©2018 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Back To God’s Basics

Behold, you are pleased with sincerity of heart;
in my inmost being, you teach me wisdom.

Psalm 51:8

While procrastinating a bit before writing today, I cleaned off my desk for the umpteenth time. In the process, I came across a years-old article about church. I asked myself, “Why do I still have this?” Though I didn’t answer myself aloud, I did determine that my recent reflection regarding my own role within the church was reason enough to reread this lost treasure. After doing so, it occurred to me that I sometimes allow the negativity of some to distract me from the amazing good that the church has brought to my life and to the lives of many others. These “others” include both believers and non-believers who have benefited from the efforts of good souls who do their best to live out their faith in God.

I truly believe that God moves among us and within us both inside and outside of our institutional religious affiliations. Whether we worship in a synagogue, mosque, temple, church or elsewhere, within a faith community or alone, our most important God-related activity is the same: To live out our relationships with God in our relationships with one another. In the process, we will reveal God’s goodness and God’s love to everyone whom we meet along the way. The technicalities which separate our various denominations must never separate us from one another.

Loving God, open our hearts to your wisdom. Make us all good ambassadors of your love.

©2017 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Faith

Behold, you are pleased with sincerity of heart,
and in my inmost being you teach me wisdom.

Psalm 51:8

While organizing my desk for the umpteenth time, I came across an article about church. Recent reflection regarding my own role within the church prompted me to reread this lost treasure. Afterward, I admitted to myself that I sometimes allow the negativity of some to distract me from the amazing good that the church has brought to my life and to the lives of many others. These “others” include both believers and non-believers who have been served by those good souls who do their best to live out their faith in God.

I truly believe that God’s Holy Spirit moves among us and within us both inside and outside of our institutional religious affiliations. Whether we worship in a synagogue, mosque, temple, church or elsewhere, within a faith community or alone, our most important God-related responsibility is the same: To live out our relationships with God in our relationships with one another. The technicalities which separate our various denominations must never separate us from one another.

Loving God, open our hearts to your wisdom. Make us all good ambassadors of your love.

©2015 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

God Dwells Among Us All

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying:
“Holy Father, keep them in your name
that you have given me, so that
they may be one just as we are one.”

From John 17:11-19

I grew up on the West Side of Chicago in a predominantly Irish and Italian neighborhood. Still, a mysteriously awesome synagogue stood a few blocks north of our parish church. I had passed this building numerous times, and every time I looked upon it with high regard. My mom had explained that this was a Jewish temple. Though I cannot recall what else she said about this looming edifice, I was convinced that the Lord God lived there.

Years later, when our neighborhood demographics changed, so did this building’s function. I remember exhaling a sigh of relief when I heard that it would remain a place of worship. The synagogue would become a Christian church. This made all of the sense in the world to me at the time because I just knew that God would continue to live there.

Gracious God, you are the creator and lover of us all. Help us to see one another as your children regardless of the buildings in which we choose to worship you.

©2014 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved