Today’s reflection is written by Deacon Karen Katamay.
“I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my spirit upon your descendants, and my blessing on your offspring.” —Isaiah 44:3
“Peter said: ‘The promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.’” —Acts 3:39
Like the Apostle Peter said, the promise is for us, for our children, and for everyone far and near. God calls us all. These verses made me think back to my parents and grandparents and how they influenced my faith. My maternal grandmother would attend church services every Sunday and would write beautiful poems about God and her faith. My mother was the one who made sure we went to church every Sunday, even when we went on vacation. I didn’t mind. I have fond memories of ecumenical campfire services at places where we would go camping. Worshipping outside surrounded by God’s creation felt very natural and wonderful to me. My mother also modeled service for me, as she was always helping in one way or another at church.
God’s spirit poured over onto me through the faith of my ancestors and blessed me and my children. But God’s love is not confined to just my family. God’s love is for all people—for you, for your family, for your friends, and for all people all over the world. God calls to us all. All we have to do is listen for that call and believe and be blessed! Amen.