196. worshiping with Lutheran brothers and sisters
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. Psalm 145:8
God has poured out his love into our hearts... Romans 5:5
We gather in God's presence from our homes, our labors, our struggles, and our joys. We are gathered as God's people in worship. The promise of Jesus is: Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:20) We gather to be refreshed by Christ's invitation: "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying burdens."
God's word is like the rain that waters the earth and brings forth vegetation. It is also like the sower who scatters seed indiscriminately. Our lives are like seeds sown in the earth. Even from what appears to be little, dormant, or dead, God promises a harvest. The mystery of God's ways is sometimes hidden from the wise and intelligent, Jesus associates with the lowly and those often excluded from the religious community.