Glorifying God in All Things

This meditation is based on a passage for April 17, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: 1 Peter 4:7-19

Reflection and Question: In the early church, followers of Jesus were routinely hunted down and persecuted. As in this passage, their neighbors lumped them together with murderers, thieves, criminals and mischief-makers. For all believers who have been judged unworthy by their neighbors, including GLBT Christians today, Peter’s guidance to persecuted Christians still sustains us: maintain constant love so that God is glorified in all things. The steady faithfulness of GLBT believers is an inspiring example of this constant love in our time. How are you welcoming and hospitable to other Christians?

Prayer: Jesus, Our Brother and Friend, the strength of our ancestors in the faith who faced lions in the Roman arenas echoes down through the ages, showing us how to be strong in our time. As they did, may we glorify You in both word and deed. Amen.