Still thinking out loud this week on God’s gathering community to come together, not just for worship but to proclaim in its local place and time the gospel of Jesus, the Christ. In that community is not just salvation, but also more powerfully reconciliation and restoration. With reconciliation, we hear God’s claim on us is made clear, and with restoration the tarnish of our rejection of God is removed, and we can truly again say God has made humankind in the image of God.

This is all summed up by the covenant of God announced in the bold words “I will be your God, and you will be my people.” God is not only with us, but we are with God, in Christ Jesus, who fulfills in completeness the will of God. So God’s love is both expressed as reconciliation and restoration, for that is most apparent will towards his creation, especially humankind.

Thus, our need for belonging is most fully met by God’s gathering, saving, reconciling and restoring. Thanks be to God. Amen.