1 John 2:1-2
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:1-2).
Enduring Love, you abide here, with and in us, constantly inviting us to fellowship in your eternal kindness. But our sin isolates our hearts in a cocoon of loneliness that consumes our souls. We turn from you to live by our own devices and strengths, failing to know your nearness.
Little wonder that often we feel so alone. We turn from the mystery of Love Abiding to our own way, fleeing the depth of our hearts, where you invite us to rest in you who long to cherish, to welcome, to fill our emptiness with the fullness of a heart that knows only to love.
Sin tears at our togetherness. It breaks holy fellowship in which we share all, life and fear, mercy and pain, gentleness and joy, confusion and questions.
Still, you abide, constantly inviting us to fellowship with you and your beloved community that we might share all that we are—especially our broken and confused hearts—and know ourselves as you know us, wandering but wanted, torn but treasured, and always yours.
Your love abides, Lord Jesus, constantly calling us home. We offer our sins to you knowing that in your love they become the road to intimacy with you, whom we most need. Amen.