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Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, April 19, 2022  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  Acts 10:34–43

Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (NRSV)

In Children’s Chapel and Sunday school throughout the spring we have been focusing on the teachings of Jesus. We’ve studied quite a few parables and learned a lot about the grace and love that God shows us unconditionally, even when we may not deserve it. We have talked about how to show this love and grace to others—and I’m always amazed at the compassion that our children have for all people.

Throughout the pandemic, I have not been very grace giving at all, to my family or my neighbors, probably out of stress and frustration. How can I be better about this? I surely can take a cue from our church’s youngest members. The simplest things can help us to show God’s love and grace to others—holding a door open for someone, chatting with others at the bodega, even sending a short text message to say hello to a friend or family member.

In this passage, Peter sums up what we’ve learned very well in Children’s Chapel and Sunday school: God loves us and accepts us even when we feel not worthy of love and grace. Jesus has taught us how to treat others with compassion and love through doing good acts for our neighbors. We are called to teach others about God’s love. How can we do that this week?

Gracious God, thank you for your unconditional love and grace, even when I don’t deserve it. Help me to show others your gift of love each and every day. Amen.

Written by Briana Belding-Peck, Family Ministry Coordinator

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