United Methodist Church of Livonia, NY



The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever, he does not treat us as our sins deserve, or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him, for he knows how we were formed, he remembers that we are dust. 
Psalm 103: 8-14

It is well that we spend time during this Lenten season remembering God’s promise of love for us. In Psalm 103, we are reminded that God is merciful, gracious, slow to anger and most importantly that his love for us is steadfast. No matter what we do to alienate ourselves from the Father, he continues to surround and sustain us with his love. He will never cease loving us. What a glorious and comforting thought that is.

If we stumble on our journey, all we have to do is ask God for forgiveness and tell God that we will try to sin no more. Then God will lift us from the dark clouds that have gathered around us. God will free us from the terrible burden of sin that we don’t have to carry any more. God will always be there to forgive our transgressions. God will keep his promise to “remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:12)

Therefore during this time of preparation for Good Friday and Easter, remember how much God’s love means to us every single day. Take time to thank our heavenly Father for his everlasting love and for the baby he sent to redeem the world – his love gift to us.

Lord you have loved me from the very beginning of my life. By your mercy and love I am no longer dead in sin. Each day you raise me up, freeing me from my transgressions. You have promised that you will not remember my sins. You have promised me eternal life. Your love gives me strength to resist temptation. Your love for me gives me peace and comfort. Thank you, God. Amen.

Recommended Scripture reading for Week 2:
  • Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
  • Psalm 130
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