God, who began a good work in you.

3 Nov

Good Morning Friends,

Did you complete the line of the song. . .”will be faithful to complete it.”  This is the scripture on which the song is based.  Paul’s writing brings us into intimate contact with work of God in the world; in our lives; throughout history.

I think Paul’s personal experience of waiting for the Messiah plays out in these text.  When he is tired of waiting, when he is in prison, when he thought Christ would put things right long before he needed to write this letter; he says it’s OK because the Divine is right along side of us giving us strength, giving us words for our prayers that have no words.

26-28 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

29-30 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.

The New Revised Standard Version of verse 28 is: We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.  This is a difficult verse for other who have lost loved ones too soon, through tragic circumstances, so I like Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase better.  That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.  

It is God who brings meaning to our lives when events are tragic or wonderful, when days are long or when they fly by, when we are surrounded by those we love or when we sit alone.  God brings meaning to all of it.  It is why I love my faith, why this faith journey is life-giving to me; it has brought me through a the incredible, unexpected, diverse experiences of my life AND brought them meaning in the Presence of the Divine.

It is God who has called us by name and infused it with meaning and hope and the eternal now.

So for this today, enjoy each moment – God is present.  Live each pain – God is healer. Live each adventure – God resounds with the novelty of each moment.



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