Read Isaiah 41:13-16
Love your neighbor as yourself.
- Matthew 22:39 (NIV)
My life was difficult. My husband made me feel worthless. He told me not to go to church because I was not worthy of Jesus’ love. I began to believe him, and I stopped going to church. A lovely woman from the church came to visit me. During our conversation, she advised me to talk to the pastor about my situation. In her sweet manner, she asked: “Neri, what was the first Bible verse you memorized?” I responded, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” It became clear to me that I was not loving myself. I knew that changes had to be made in my life and in my children’s lives. Later I read the passage from Isaiah that is our reading today and found the courage to put an end to a marriage that had entrapped me. My children and I relocated to another city. I began to breathe the fresh air of new life. Today, one of my sons is studying for the ministry and the other son is a member of a musical group that leads worship in our church services. I took a lay pastor’s course and have had many opportunities to put into practice what I have learned. I give thanks to God for transforming my life, and I know I have God’s blessing.
Neri R. Gattinoni
Thought for the Day: God offers us freedom from all that limits and oppresses us.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your transforming love that brings us out of the despair of weakness and gives us strength to overcome adversity. Amen.
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