A Daily Dose of Good News
Friday, May 29, 2020
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ — if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 8:14-17)
Safe and Secure
Yesterday we had a little catechism review
Recalling the 10 commandments.
Today the daily lectionary Bible passages
Presents me with my confirmation Bible verse:
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
And the passage as a whole
Is a fundamental truth of our life together
In community with God through Christ Jesus our Lord.
It’s the pitch I offer to couples
When they are preparing to get married.
In the course of life
There are any number and quality of circumstances that arise.
The lateral events of life, if you will,
Are varied and unpredictable:
Along with all the joys and wonders of life
There’s also emotional distress
Like those we are experiencing in our absence from each other …
As marriages, family relations and friendships are strained …
Related to sickness, aging and death.
Just yesterday 19-year-old Emily Reardon
A 2019 graduate of Upper Arlington
And water polo teammate of Adrienne
Died of an undetermined illness
After being sick for just a week.
There is so much that happens to us
In the lateral dimension of life.
So thanks be to God
For adopting us, if you will,
Into the vertical dimension of life as well.
That dimension which reminds us
No matter what happens laterally
God and God’s people are always with us,
Looking forward still to another new day.
That is incredibly good and important good news
For couples that were binding themselves together
For the rest of their lives …
For richer and poorer …
In sickness and in health.
It’s been great for Melea and me
To hear our girls express their appreciation
For that community as they grow up:
They call it their “the safety net”
And wonder how other friends get along with out it.
By the power of the Spirit
We are knit into the family of Christ our redeemer,
The Spirit takes our nuclear, biological family
And expands it across all of our
Brothers and sisters in Christ through the church.
And not only that,
But across all time and space,
Because as goes the old favorite him:
I know that my redeemer lives
What comfort that sweet sentence gives.
And while that transcendent dimension of life in God’s family
Gives comfort and sustains us amid the lateral concerns of life,
It also compels us back into the lateral concerns of life
For the sake of sharing the same hope we have with all others.
There’s a lot of fear and anxiety in the world:
Sickness and economic distress created by the COVID pandemic …
Civic unrest between political parties, races and law enforcement …
Hunger and isolation.
The transcendent net of God’s family
Strives to embrace and assure everyone.
Thanks be to God for any opportunity you have
To cast that net for the benefit of others
Since none of us are really safe and secure
Until all of us are safe and secure. Amen