To grow in who and whose you are
For those estranged from family
Today’s text: 2 Peter 1:1-9
MANY A CHILD HAS heard this admonition if they are misbehaving, or when they are heading out the door to adult life: “don’t forget your raising.”
One of the most important things that we can do is remember. Our lives today try hard to keep us running in the eternal now, focused always and only on the next task or challenge. Remembering is an antidote to foolishness as we recall to mind others who loved us and held deep hopes for us, as we remember past failures and our efforts to overcome them, as we remember successes and triumphs.
Peter urges us all to remember, to not forget that we have been cleansed by the grace of God. His instructions about behavior are not meant as a burden, but as his contribution to “remember your raising;” before we do anything at all, we should remember that we belong to God! We are God’s children, members of the one truly royal house. Lutheranism was long accused of being against good works, but the truth is Luther and his friends realized that you can only do what you are. Our good deeds will never get you in the door of God’s house; they are meant for when you are heading out the door into the world, as God calls to you “don’t forget your raising!”
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks