November 22, 2006

A Meditation for this Thanksgiving

A Day in the Life of...

Imagine that you're a Protestant pilgrim. You live in a one- roomed log house with your rather large family of eight, plus all of your aunts, uncles and ornery little cousins. The nights are freezing; even with all that body heat, it's still difficult to fall asleep. By the time you do manage to drift off, the baby is awake, crying frantically for Mother's touch. Then it's dawn. You're up again before the sun is over the tree line, chopping wood, feeding chickens, washing dozens of bundles of clothing.... Life is busy, and hard. There's also that constant tension over the "natives" living in the forest, the ones that worship nature. They've been watching your town from the surrounding hills. Are they going to attack?

Let's change the scenario a little. It's 1945. You haven't heard from your father in over 4 months. Your older brother is getting antsy himself; he and Mother are awake long into the night, arguing over his volunteering for the military. School is hard to concentrate on, because it seems that everyone is talking about the long list of casualties from the recent combat. Your father could be one of them; surely he's all right, isn't he? You can't do anything to comfort your family; you're always in the way, Mother worries over your falling grades, the younger ones are moody and irritable.... Will life never be the same?

Let's try one more. It's 2006. Society is changing. Untrustworthy leaders rule the land. Peer pressure in school and the workplace increases. Families are becoming more estranged than ever before. Christians are the minority. You fight your way through the thick fog of a sex- and smut-filled society each day, filthy language from those around you plays in your head, you feel so small and disconnected from God.... What is there to be thankful for?

A Common Misconception

"I have it the worst. No one else knows what I'm going through ... it's never been this hard for anyone, ever." Ever felt that way before? We all have at some point. Life just seems so overwhelming, and it is, of our own strength. But the fact is, history is brimming with examples of people who have had it far worse than we have. Where one person's story seems desperate and beyond hope, the next person's is even worse. Even the Bible is full of testaments to the harsh realities of life's trials and difficulties. Everyone suffers; it's a fact of life.

"Wonderful. Now the entire world is a just a suffering mass of people struggling to get through life. How comforting." Well, frankly, you're right. There's not much comfort there. Sure, it helps to know that there are people who can encourage and sympathize with you because they've been there, but it brings little remedy. But ... we have been promised "a peace that surpasses all understanding." That peace comes from the Maker and Sustainer of all who inhabit this earth.

Perhaps this Thanksgiving, instead of focusing on your trials, and what you don't have, look instead to what you do: You have God's steadfast promise that He will never leave you nor forsake you! He will grant you that comforting peace that only His children know! You have His everlasting love to call your own!

A Glorious Truth

In this turbulent and hectic world, we can hardly rely on our own selves to fulfill our promises to each other. But this promise of peace has the credibility of the One who cannot lie, and who cherishes us as much as He does His Son! This is a comfort to dwell upon, is it not? Knowing that these trials and difficulties are but for a time, let us "press on" toward the crown of victory, to the One who has promised us eternal, joy-filled life with Him!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all, and give honor to God!

November 15, 2006

Living the Mystery

"Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it…. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown." 1 Corinthians 9:25

"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory…" 1st Timothy 3:16

The Common Bond:
Picture an athlete and a private detective. From most perspectives, they have very, very little to do with one another. One spends his time working out in a gym, sweating and straining his muscles to achieve success, while the other puzzles over the bizarre to shed light on things that have been enveloped in darkness for long whiles. But both have one thing in common: passion. Each will do whatever is necessary to fulfill their goals. They each have a prize, a reward for completing their tasks; the athlete, the knowledge that he conquered his body and subdued his weakness; the sleuth, an awarding self-satisfaction for bringing criminals to justice and bringing comfort to families that have been torn apart.

The Riches Bestowed:
We each have a prize. As the apostle Paul surmises, we have an even better prize awaiting us at the finish line. As athletes, we must pursue it, ever running towards it. As searchers, we have a great mystery to solve, a Divine puzzle to study and analyze. Bringing the two together, we have a great and wondrous God to search for and ponder, to run toward and love, to pursue and take hold on. How blessed are we?!

The mysteries of Him and His Truth stretch so far beyond our human understanding. Yet, even with our finite minds, the rays of light we do glean shine so brightly! How can we help but continue to study, seek out and pursue the amazing riches that lay beneath the great mystery of Christ and His Godliness?

Our Goal:
We do not claim to be experts. Even as we sit at the feet of our Master, we are taking in the vastness of the richess of Christ. Our vision is to share the thoughts and lessons we learn – that we may in any small way help you also see the beauty of God and His mystery of Godliness.
By sharing what is on our hearts, we hope that you will see practical and applicable ways to take what you read here and become an active pursuer and searcher through the Scriptures. It is our prayer that by reading this blog, you too will be challenged to take up the call, that you too will become more fervent in your pursuit of heavenly things, that you, with God’s help, will live the mystery of Godliness. Onward, Christian soldiers!

Your Fellow Seekers:
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Enjoy, and to God be the glory!

Your sisters in Christ,
Veronika and Katie Marie