I’m struck by the images of us as children of God in this week’s lectionary. If you haven’t had a chance to read the alternate Old Testament reading (Genesis 18: 20-32), it is the story of Abraham’s conversation with God about the destruction of Sodom. God’s willingness to spare the city for ten righteous ones is a striking image of God’s mercy.
In the traditional Old Testament reading (Hosea 1: 2-10), God’s mercy provides the twist at the end, in that those whose loyalties have been divided shall yet be called “Children of the living God.”
Again in Luke 11: 1-13, the emphasis on God’s care for us as a parent to a child in offering the support of the Holy Spirit serves as a reminder that we are not in this alone.
“Children of the Living God” is an auspicious title. It may, for many, come with a certain amount of baggage (or what feels like baggage sometimes). How do we live up to it in our daily lives?
What are you pondering this week?