May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/021715.cfm  

When the LORD saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth, and how no desire that his heart conceived was ever anything but evil, he regretted that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was grieved. 

So the LORD said: “I will wipe out from the earth the men whom I have created, and not only the men, but also the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air, for I am sorry that I made them.” But Noah found favor with the LORD. 

Then the LORD said to Noah: “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for you alone in this age have I found to be truly just. Of every clean animal, take with you seven pairs, a male and its mate; and of the unclean animals, one pair, a male and its mate; likewise, of every clean bird of the air, seven pairs, a male and a female, and of all the unclean birds, one pair, a male and a female. Thus you will keep their issue alive over all the earth. Seven days from now I will bring rain down on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and so I will wipe out from the surface of the earth every moving creature that I have made.” Noah did just as the LORD had commanded him. 

As soon as the seven days were over, the waters of the flood came upon the earth. 

Do you ever wonder if God is again regretting that he created man on His earth? That He sent His only Son to die for us? Has our wickedness created such grieving in His heart that He wants to wipe us from the face of the earth? I do and when I see the evil that we have created on earth I tremble in fear. But then I read this again, instead of wiping everything out, He saved 2 of each species, male and female, so we could start over. This is the grace and mercy of Our God. His love is unending and He gives us every opportunity to repent and come home. Have you taken Him up on His offer? Have you sought out His loving arms? Why not? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you so much for your continuing grace of forgiveness. I walk your path, but often fall off. I am so grateful that you are there to pick me up and help me find the way to you again. In Jesus’ holy name, I offer praise and thanksgiving for your mercy. 

The Lord will bless his people with peace.

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