The Elevator Speech

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by: Elizabeth Krolak

07/31/2020

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The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.
The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.-- Psalm 145:8-9, 14-18

One of the tools of discipleship is "the elevator speech". You know, the 30-second witness you can give when someone brings up faith or religion or God or Jesus. It's a good practice which a wise seminary professor introduced to future clergy in a class on the mission of the church.

I think if someone asked me "Who is God?" I could recite these verses from Psalm 145 in response. They are great "elevator speech" material--they summarize the character of our God in just a few seconds! I return to these words when I'm troubled, because they remind me of God's character when I might be tempted to think that God has forgotten me or when I am angry or frustrated that life is not going the way I think it should!

This is what I hear: God is gracious, merciful, slow to anger, loving steadily and in abundance, good, equitable, compassionate, encouraging, just, and kind. God provides and satisfies, and is always near and listening for our cries.

Do you need to hear this today? Rest in these words and be assured: You are loved by God, who is Love.
The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.
The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.-- Psalm 145:8-9, 14-18

One of the tools of discipleship is "the elevator speech". You know, the 30-second witness you can give when someone brings up faith or religion or God or Jesus. It's a good practice which a wise seminary professor introduced to future clergy in a class on the mission of the church.

I think if someone asked me "Who is God?" I could recite these verses from Psalm 145 in response. They are great "elevator speech" material--they summarize the character of our God in just a few seconds! I return to these words when I'm troubled, because they remind me of God's character when I might be tempted to think that God has forgotten me or when I am angry or frustrated that life is not going the way I think it should!

This is what I hear: God is gracious, merciful, slow to anger, loving steadily and in abundance, good, equitable, compassionate, encouraging, just, and kind. God provides and satisfies, and is always near and listening for our cries.

Do you need to hear this today? Rest in these words and be assured: You are loved by God, who is Love.
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