Our scripture this morning is Psalms 103:13-18.

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on his faithful followers. For he knows what we are made of; he realizes we are made of clay. A person’s life is like grass. Like a flower in the field it flourishes, but when the hot wind blows by, it disappears, and one can no longer even spot the place where it once grew. But the Lord continually shows loyal love to his faithful followers, and is faithful to their descendants, to those who keep his covenant, who are careful to obey his commands.

God wants us all as part of His family, and family relationships are a gift from God. Our creator knows all our frailties and failures, but His love is always there for us. Nothing is more important to Him than a connection with us.

This psalm reminds us that we are only here temporarily, “like grass”. The earth was made for us, but we were made in His image, spiritual beings in clay bodies for a period of time. God longs for us to understand the gift He offers, but it is up to us to accept it.

This passage ends with a reminder that God is always with us. The psalmist writes “the Lord continually shows loyal love to his faithful followers”. If we seek the Lord, we will find Him. God is patiently waiting for us all to return.

Heavenly Father, we are sorry for the times we have chosen our own way instead of the path You have for us. Forgive our wandering and bless us to be the children You created us to be. Amen.

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