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Sunday Devotion: 3 October 2021, Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday Devotions

How my mum’s love showed me God’s love

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Written by clergy and lay people across our Diocesan community, ‘Sunday Devotions’ is a column of short reflections based on a Lectionary reading of the day, suitable for small group discussion or personal use.

“For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in faithfulness to you.” (Psalm 26.3)

Main Readings: Job 1.1; 2.1-10; Psalm 26; Hebrews 1.1-4; 2.5-12; Mark 10.2-16; [Genesis 2.18-24; Psalm 8]

Supplementary Readings: Psalm 99; Mark 12.1-12; Job 3 or Job 19.1-10; 17-27; Psalm 8; Hebrews 2.4, 14-3.6

My mum raised me as a single parent. When I was around 15 years old, I realised how much my mum loved me and how difficult it was for her financially. However, she always ensured that I didn’t feel this struggle and instead I felt privileged and that I never went without. She always made sure that I had Christmas presents by paying them off via layby and that I was sent to school every day with a large healthy lunch.

God’s steadfast love was instilled in my mum. My mum’s love for me in turn showed me God’s love. Through the love that God instils in us, we are capable of doing the most amazing things for the people we care about, therefore teaching others that God’s love is compassionate, generous and unconditional. Knowing that God’s love is always present, I am motivated to go out into the community and help when I can. For example, I serve as an intern with the Diocese’s Equitable Participation Working Group and Justice Unit to help neurotypical people understand how neurodivergent people, like me, can be better engaged.

Creating space for understanding is part of my walking faithfully to God. Witnessing other people’s love and compassion, as they aid others, helps you to see God’s love and inspires you to support your community in your own way.

Seeing God’s unwavering love and compassion instilled in others help us to be faithful to him.

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