John 1:11-12 “He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God”
It is hard for me to wrap my mind around being rejected like this. I come from a family that embraces each other regardless of how and who we are. We do not agree on everything or believe all of the same things yet we love each other because of and despite these differences. We know we are cut from the same cloth and we bring beauty to the quilt with our various colors and textures. The Word, The Christ came to be with his own and he was rejected by most. He was not invited to their tables for meals or to the family gatherings to share in the fellowship. He was not invited to share his thoughts and insights but he was pushed away as an outcast. I am so grateful that some treasured few heard and listened. I am thankful that John writes these words for us to ponder and embrace. Our creator came to us; he came to bring love and grace, guidance and redemption. If we open our hearts to him, we become more like him. We grow in him and become true children of God.
Your word teaches us that you created all things. All people are your children but not all of you children acknowledge you. Soften our hearts and open our eyes to finally accept you and see you in truth. Guide our steps as we learn and grow into the children you created us to be. Amen.