I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Rooted in Love...
Ephesians 3:11-19 is a powerful prayer for the spiritual strength of the believer. "rooted and established in love" is where my mind started out when doing this piece. As I began working on it though I really started thinking about the love of many people in my life big and small. There have been those who have loved me well, loved me long and even when I didn't deserve it. Those are the people and experiences that it is easy to be thankful for. I have been thinking more lately about the people who have been hurtful in my life...on a whole new level. What if what they had to offer was truly the best they had to give? They gave it and I am grateful for it. Even the things that have seemed so painful have been a gift from God to help me see that it is only in the light of His perfect love for me that I can love others and accept their imperfect love back. My greatest joy is that "family" in the most real sense means all those who have also put their faith and trust in Christ alone. When I truly count those along the way and through the years that have encouraged me in the faith, have been used to sharpen me, and have just passed through with an encouragement at the right time....I have a beautiful family that will last eternally. That truth fills my heart to overflowing and I pray that it will pour out generously on those put in my path for His glory and their good!