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Saturday, December 28, 2013
Today’s Reading | Colossians 1:11–19
May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. (NRSV)
I remember the phone call so clearly. The person on the other end was describing to me a post-college bachelor pad that was in need of one more roommate. I was that potential new roommate. I told him I would think about it and call him back.
After hanging up the phone, I cried. My life as I had known it was over. My wife; our dog, Moses; the wedding quilt that covered our bed; the silver BMW with the heated seats; the game closet that also served as a linen closet—it was all in my rearview mirror. My four-year marriage was over, and the last thing I wanted to do was move into a house with three other guys and a dirty bathroom. My new reality was setting in and I didn’t want it. I wanted my old life back.
It was through this pain that I began to see that I had built so much of my life on the wrong things: people being impressed with me, finding my worth in the talents and beauty of my spouse, the car that we drove, the stuff we owned. These things had defined who I was, they filled me with worth, and now that they were gone, I was left with an identity of absence. I was gone because it was all gone. I called those days the dark days.
Yet, slowly, by the grace of God, a light started to shine in and the story of Christmas started to unfold in my heart. I began to understand why Jesus came into the world. Jesus had come to tell people about another way, a way that leads to life and not death—a kingdom robed in light and tucked in by forgiveness. Jesus had come into the world to transfer me from my unsuccessful kingdom, which had led to darkness, and now I was beginning to see God’s kingdom, filled with radiant light.
Yes, I did end up moving into that apartment with the three other guys and the dirty bathroom, but I also moved into another kingdom, one where God calls me his beloved son (Colossians 1:13).
God, thank you. I love being your child. Amen.
Written by Daniel Holladay, Senior High Youth Coordinator
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