I will make with you an everlasting covenant. Isaiah 55:3
In Christ every one one of God's promises is a "Yes." For this reason it is through him that we say the "Amen," to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1:20
The greatest gift is that God has made an everlasting covenant for all who come to him. We need never doubt that Jesus loves us. If we think that we need to achieve some goal to be a child of God, we remember that we can never achieve the perfection that we would need to be in his presence. He has made us his children as a free gift of grace.
At times I have sung hymns to people I have visited in nursing homes. Without fail there is a sense of calm that comes over the face of the one to whom I am singing when I sing "Jesus Loves Me." These faithful followers of God feel the covenant they have in God even though they may not be able to articulate the words. The peace that passes all understanding is precious beyond words and lives on in believing hearts even when earthly bodies begin to fade.
As we begin this season of Lent we are reminded of what a sacrifice God made in sending his only begotten son to atone for our sins. Jesus suffered and died for us. He did not want to suffer and die; he did not want to bear the cross. Yet Jesus was God incarnate and knew what he had to endure to save humankind. Because of Jesus' death and resurrection we know that we are his children and will be with him in his heavenly kingdom when our days on earth are over.
Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
Thank you for your everlasting covenant. We have the "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!" as sung in this joyous favorite hymn. You have lifted the burdens of all of our sins. "Jesus Loves Me" is enough to fill our hearts with the peace that passes all understanding. Thank you for the gift of your presence in our lives. Amen.