True Love Lives
True Love Lives
“He is God not of the dead, but of the living.” Matthew 22:23-33 I come from a very close family. At our most recent family gathering, there were some noticeably not there. The week leading up to our planned event was very difficult for me because I knew that my mother would be one of those missing. She absolutely loved these gatherings. As I sat next to my cousin, we began talking about various things, laughing at the maturity and immaturity of our lives. I noticed she had some of my mothers’s mannerisms and attitudes. I so needed to see that and thought to myself, surely God is good. For indeed she lives. My mother lives not just in me but in my family and others as well.
What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. … 1 Corinthians 15:30-41 Paul is in a community of believers who are questioning that there is a resurrection and living without regard to their baptism. He warns them that “bad company ruins good morals.” Even at this age, I don’t have to go that far back to be reminded of the times I have fallen into company with thoughts and or actions that were just wrong. When I surrounded myself with “bad company” it was very easy to forget the bare seed planted within me, the one in which I, with God’s help, must take responsibility for its care, nurture and maturation. It is the seed purposely exposed in the world, in order that God may give an imperfect body a more perfect purpose. This happens when I surround myself with good company that encourages and shares in the work of Christ for building up the one body. For it is in hope of the resurrection, that I choose to sow this seed of life in Christ, because in due season, while I believe my body will return to the earth, I am confident that my spirit belongs to God and surely will be lifted up.
…he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” John 20:19-31 The Holy Spirit within has feelings. Sometimes our spirit mourns. Other times our spirit rejoices. The Good News – we have a great high priest who has felt the gamut of those emotions, Jesus Christ. We are reconciled with Christ by each an every one of those emotions but now rather than use them as a hindrance, we must use them as our strength to do the work to which God has called us. As we proclaim his death, proclaim his resurrection, and proclaim his coming again; in the hearing, our very breath becomes an extension of his life.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6
“Why do you look for the living among the dead?” Luke 24:1-12 One of my most favorite conversations was with my mother and her two sisters concerning where the Holy Spirit could be found according to the length of the church service. Although we were all raised up in the same church we all now found ourselves worshipping in very different places. My mother’s church was an hour and a half and she was quite certain that the Holy Spirit was present. However, her two sisters were adamant that there was no way the Holy Spirit could be experienced in an hour and a half. Since the Episcopal service I attended at the time was only an hour and fifteen minutes I decided that it was best to just keep my mouth closed! Had I been more mature in my own faith at the time I think I could ask of them this question; “Why look for a gift in a place that can readily be found within us?” Far too often we mistake finding the Holy Spirit with finding hospitality. If you bring the Holy Sprit with you in to any place the only thing you’re really looking for is to be received. Our ultimate goal to be at one with Christ begins within us and we take it wherever we go. This new relationship in Christ means that our bodies become the temple of the Lord’s Spirit (1Corinthians 6:19). When we share and celebrate this gift in our spiritual journey which reconciles us all with the one Spirit of the living God we experience the resurrection over and over again. Alleluia! Christ is Risen Indeed!
Lent: Day 34 –‘Teacher, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way. Mark 10:46-52
Blind Bartimaeus wanted to see again. This tells us that at some previous point in his life, he did have sight and by some turn of event lost it. We all occasionally lose our way. It is easy in this world to be distracted by our hurt feelings, disappointments and frustrations. It is fortunate for us that God knows the heart that is left to tears and outcries of despair. Listen and take heart! The Savior’s journey travels every path that we take and calls us to once again to follow him in his path of light to resurrection and glory.
2 Corinthians 4:13-18 So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.
Psalm 43 O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.
Lent: Day 27 – How many times have we found our selves alone and “sitting by a well,” not realizing that in the well there is life-giving water? Even in his fear, God provided for Moses. We mistake a lot of things for love and we mistake love for a lot of things. Christ was despised, rejected, suffered death and was buried. In spite of all he endured, he simply loved them more. No matter our circumstance, we must be transformed by his love, not by what we think it is but rather by what we know and believe it to be according to God’s word. Then his resurrection will be our resurrection.
Exodus 2:1-22 Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?’ Then Moses was afraid and thought, ‘Surely the thing is known.’ When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses.
Mark 9:2-13 …for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’
1 Corinthians 12:27-13:3 But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way…if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
But you, O Lord, are enthroned for ever;
your name endures to all generations.
You will rise up and have compassion on Zion,
for it is time to favor it;
the appointed time has come.