Tuesday, August 11, 2009
A Future Full of Hope...
Well this is certainly true!!!
When looking for confort and hope as we face the difficulties, complications and sometimes dissapointments of life the idea these words convey do come in handy, like a breath of fresh air, or a sudden ray of light in a dark room!
A reading of Scripture would clearly illustrate this concept, and some in the "cloud of witnessess" the Bible talks about, would certainly have colorful stories to tell. Surely St. Dimas, Mary the Magdalene, Zaccheus, Sampson or Rahab could make the tabloids with their tales yet be poweful reminders that all can change, hearts can be healed, sinners can end up as saints!
"...Such were some of you".. are the words of Paul referencing the less than virtuous past of some of the disciples at Corinth but ..." you were washed, sanctified, justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God..".
Even as the past escapes us with every second that passes, the future is as close as our next breath! Sanctifying grace as near as a thought that leads us to heaven, the whispered name of Jesus, the sign of the cross traced on our forehead, the warm embrace as we share God's peace, the prayer of humble access, the Amen as we take the cup of salvation to our lips! God has made it so it is impossible for us to live in the past but are continuously moving towards a future where we will inevitably see Him face to face!
Yes every saint has a past and fortunately every sinner a future, a tomorrow, a new beginning, a second chance...!!! May it be so!!!!!
May these words, and GOD's promises be fullfilled in me, those I love, the people and clergy of the Episcopal Church, all that call on the name of Christ...
I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans for good and not for evil to give you a future full of hope Jer 29:11