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Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Saturday, February 19, 2022  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  1 John 2:12–17

I am writing to you, little children,
    because your sins are forgiven on account of his name.
I am writing to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young people,
    because you have conquered the evil one.
I write to you, children,
    because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young people,
    because you are strong
    and the word of God abides in you,
        and you have overcome the evil one.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever. (NRSV)

I must admit that I’ve had to sit with this passage for quite a while to find words to reflect on it. It has been difficult for me to find the good news this past week or so between the headlines about how a single pronoun has the power to invalidate thousands of baptisms and discourse on Twitter about deconstruction of faith. It feels to me like losing sight of the forest for the trees, and it’s been exhausting to a point that I question what I know about my faith and about the church as an institution.

“I write to you, children, because you know the Father.” The repetition in this passage seems to focus on this affirmation. Perhaps the readers needed to be reminded of this just as I need to be reminded that the current headlines can’t detract from what I know: that I know God and that God’s word abides in me, no matter what noise the world makes. In thinking about God and the world and love, what comes to mind is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” And that is the good news.

Dear God, when the noise of the world makes it hard to hear you and everything begins to feel overwhelming, remind me that it’s OK to need a little repetition of affirmations sometimes. Amen.   

Written by Katrina Buchanan, Editorial Assistant

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