Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7 NRSV)God loves us so much that God doesn't want to punish us, instead God offers us grace, love, and forgiveness. When I was in High School, I felt God nudging me to read the Bible from cover to cover. Some how I was able to accomplish that great task in three years. One of the greatest benefits of reading the Bible from cover to cover is knowing the whole story of God interacting with creation. The Bible story is about a God who lives with us and will do anything to maintain a relationship with us. God even came to us in the form of Jesus Christ who died for us, so that we would not have to die an eternal death.
God of peace, you touch me daily with your reaching out to me. Strengthen my character so that I may touch others with your presence. Amen.