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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Today’s Reading | Ephesians 3:14−21
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (NRSV)
One of the privileges of ministry in the church is being invited into people’s lives as they journey through life’s seasons, accompanying them on the walk of faith and life. This means being present in the high points, as they reach the crest of a wave and celebrate marriages and births, new relationships and anniversaries; it also means seeking to bring the presence of God into the darker times of loss or illness, anxiety and spiritual struggle.
It is not unusual for us to turn to scripture to seek God’s word for a particular situation, perhaps during preparation for a celebration or on a pastoral visit at home or in the hospital. Our reading for today is one that I read often in such contexts, because it has an encompassing sense of the mystical nature of our faith—“the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge”—while proclaiming the earthy reality of how we comprehend the mystery: “you are being rooted and grounded in love.”
And ultimately, as in all things in the seasons of our life, thanksgiving and glory are given to our God, whose love sustains our lives.
May I too bow my knees before you, O Lord, that I might be strengthened in your love. Amen.
Written by Calum I. MacLeod, Executive Associate Pastor and Head of Staff
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