“”For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever. Amen..” Rom. 11:36
Where can I go to escape God? I came from him, live through him, and when I die, I return to him. Even my ancestors prepared the way for me. Those who were faithful bequeathed a legacy of faith; those who ate sour grapes set their children’s teeth on edge. What we do with Jesus will effect generations who follow. May they find us faithful.
“The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.”
30 But all shall die for their own sins; the teeth of everyone who eats sour grapes shall be set on edge. . . This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
33 O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? 35 “Or who has given a gift to him, to receive a gift in return?” 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.
John 12:37-50 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
“Lord, who has believed our message,and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
39 And so they could not believe, because Isaiah also said,40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart,
so that they might not look with their eyes,
and understand with their heart and turn—
and I would heal them.”. . .
44 Then Jesus cried aloud: “Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. 47 I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, 49 for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.”
You will teach your children to worship something. What is the god in your home? Is it education, financial success, good social connections, sports, the arts, nature, career, entertainment, food? Does the God who created you fit in that list? The recent death of seven Syrian refugees in a house fire in Halifax has brought home the importance of caring for your family and making every moment count. How have you prepared your children to meet death and disappointment in a broken world? Ask God to open the eyes of your heart to understand truth so you can pass it on to those more precious to you. The prayer of St. Patrick is a morning and evening prayer that children recited as they faced their day or the dark night.
Prayer of St. Patrick
“Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.”
― St. Patrick
Lord, We need to include you in our daily thoughts. What we model for our children returns to them in their adulthood as they face the big questions of life. We need to give them the tools to meet those challenges when we are no longer there to help them. Christ be in me. Amen