'Held in God's Love'
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so shall the Son of Man be to this generation.
- Luke 11:30
The sign of Jonah has two Scriptural meanings. In Matthew (12:38-42), it is a sign of resurrection, relating to Jonah's escape from the whale's belly. In Luke, the sign of Jonah means a prophet coming from afar to preach repentance, the necessity of turning the lives of listeners from what is destructive to what is life-giving. Jesus preached the central message of "Love one another."
We all need that message in this time of health crisis in our world and political polarization in our country. Escalating anger stoked by fear and mistrust can cause us to fiercely side against one another. A friend told me that when she tries to love someone with whom she vehemently disagrees, the only thing that works is praying: "Dear God, let this person somehow experience your love." Picturing them held in God's love lessens her intense negativity.
Help us all to experience your love, God, escape the whale of animosity and work together for good.
- Patricia Livingston
Courtesy of: http://www.livingfaith.com/devotion-10-12-2020