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Bridging the distance: A devotion for May 22, 2014

May 22nd, 2014 6:00 am by Becky Whitlock

Bridging the distance: A devotion for May 22, 2014

"[Paul said,] 'The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.'" — Acts 17:24-25 (NIV)

A popular song many years ago proclaimed "God is watching us from a distance." Though the song was beautifully sung, it's meaning made me sad and uncomfortable. The idea of God watching from a distance was one held by the ancient Greeks, to whom Paul spoke while in Athens. For them, their pantheon of gods was watching from a distance ready to strike down and interfere in the lives of people. Paul knew God was not like this from his reading of Scripture and from his own experience. He knew God was voluntarily intimately involved with every aspect of creation so much so that God became part of that creation as a human being. God is able to give us all we need because God knows well what we need. God chose to bridge that distance and be part of our lives, if we will only let Him.

Prayer: God of all creation, we are grateful you chose to bridge the distance between Your divinity and our humanity through Jesus. Give us faith to open our lives up to Your love and grace. Amen.

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