The Center for Leadership Excellence, in partnership with COSROW, is pleased to lift up the voices of women in ministry encouraging fellow women in ministry. Please enjoy this month’s Encouragement from Martha K. McLean, Executive Pastor at First UMC in Cary. Feel free to forward this Encouragement to a friend. Anyone can sign up to receive these monthly emails here.
The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever; the Lord’s faithfulness to all generations. (adapted from Psalm 100 v. 5)
Throughout the witness of scripture, the steadfast covenant love of the Lord is with us. Even in the lowest of valleys and the darkest of days the love of the Lord endures. It leans forward, it stretches out, it carries us forth into the future.
This love is steadfast in character, not fleeting. This love is faithful, not conditional or coercive or corruptible. This love is one that gives fully and completely of self for the good of the other. This love gathers us up, offering grace upon grace, not limited by time and space or circumstances, but rather, is able to overcome all that seeks to overwhelm us. This steadfast covenant love is one that unites us, guiding us into God’s way of life and how we live together as a people. It is full of blessing and the goodness that God intends for us and for all of creation.
As we all experience seasons of challenge and change, ups and downs, ebbs and flows, sorrows and joy, may we cling to the steadfast love of the Lord which endures forever, the Lord’s faithfulness to all generations. Amen and Alleluia!
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