This Sunday we talked about the word chesed; the single most commonly used adjective to describe God in the Old Testament. Sometimes translated, "lovingkindness," "mercy," or even "kindness," the best translation is "covenant loyalty." God's nature is to help us as covenant partners to keep the covenant, even when we fail to do our part.
As we prepare for the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Pittsburgh, even if you can't physically attend, I encourage you to read this article that appeared in The Mennonite about reconciliation, and about this Sunday's text, II Corinthians 5. It is by Ched Myers, who is a member a First Mennonite Church of Pasadena.