A Foundation of Grace

One of the readings for the weekend is from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 3. In the passage, Paul writes about how he, with God’s grace, has laid a foundation for the believers in Corinth, and how additional layers would be laid upon that foundation.

He also draws the parallel to the temple, how each of us, part of the Body of Christ, are part of that temple, that holy place, and indeed, each of us is called to being holy.

All these images ring true for me: there is a foundation laid for each of us, by grace, that we must then build on, to fulfill the mission, the purpose to which we’ve been called. It is this grace, and the careful work of building on this foundation, that we are strengthened in faith, and drawn closer to God.

The grace, the foundation, a lifetime of building, and layer upon layer, we draw closer to God. Layer upon layer, day after day, we have the opportunity to be closer to God.

Let us do this careful work. Let us welcome this careful work. Let us do this careful work.

AMEN.

7

Our son just turned seven years old, had me thinking about 7 times 77 times 777 things around him, around me, around everything under heaven.

So grateful I am he’s in our lives, so grateful to have this life with him, her, them.

Then I ponder my path, crooked and bumpy and blessed, messed up plenty, plenty of times of struggled, tripped, fallen.

Back up again each time to keep going, hope I can help him learn how, to avoid the pitfalls, my failings, I want him trailing, only the good, the bright, the right path, make that choice each time.

Times keep changing, I keep changing, life keeps changing, for the better? I hope so.

I hope for him, every blessing, every chance for good, health and happiness all his days,

How many more days will I be here, with him, with them, I hope many, I hope many.

7 is lucky, let that luck rain down, 7 times 77 times 777 things, all good, for him, her, them.

In Wisdom, In Trust

Once again for further GOOD, sharing this insight from a reading prescribed for Saturday.

It is from the Book of Wisdom, Chapter 3;

There are readings too from the same day, from Romans and John also, but this passage from Wisdom is what stands out for me.

“Those who trust in him shall understand truth, and the faithful shall abide with him in love: because grace and mercy are with his holy ones, and his care is with his elect.”

Time and again we are called to trust and have faith. This approach is really central to our beliefs.

Trust in God. Trust in the good you are called to do. Trust in love. Trust in love we are called to give; trust in the love we receive.

It’s central to faith, and to our American history. “In God we trust” is printed on our currency. It’s a fundamental trait we are called to, it’s a fundamental instruction:

TRUST.

Ok. I will try again today. To trust.

Amen.

It May Bear Fruit

This passage from Luke, chapter 13, resonates.

Don’t give up; try again; there is still hope; take action with care, try a different approach, Good can still result.

Yes. Yes it can.

And he told them this parable:
“There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard,
and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none,
he said to the gardener,
‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree
but have found none.
So cut it down.
Why should it exhaust the soil?’
He said to him in reply,
‘Sir, leave it for this year also,
and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it;
it may bear fruit in the future.
If not you can cut it down.'”

AMEN.

1st Tim, 6: Fight The Good Fight

Reading for Sunday, 09/22/2019

From First Timothy 6: 11-16, in part…

“You must aim to be upright and religious, filled with faith and love, perseverance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith and win the eternal life to which you were called and for which you made your noble profession of faith before many witnesses.”

Like some of the other phrases and inspirations I share here (and otherwise), there is often linkage to songs that goes along.  This excerpt from First Timothy definitely falls into that category.

One of my favorite bands I listened to as an adolescent was the Canadian rock band, Triumph.  Not to be confused with another of my favorite bands, also from Canada, RUSH.    : – )


Triumph inspired me musically and lyrically.  They brought a straight-ahead, definite hard rock sound, guitar-heavy, with this great blend of inspiring lyrics for some songs, and very typical “rock n’ roll” lyrics for other songs.


One of their songs, “Fight the Good Fight”, was a particular gem from one of their earlier albums. At that time, around 1981, I was deep into adolescence and had begun the life-long journey to define my own faith, and find my own way forward in life. Faith was a big factor.


When I linked this rock song to this Bible passage…? For me, it was a magic power (another great Triumph song, by the way).


Fight the good fight every day, live a life worthy of the gift it is. Follow the Golden Rule, through struggle and obstacle, be gentle and kind to everyone that needs it, and love one another. As you love, so you shall be filled with love.


This mantra still rings true all these years later, and powers me forward each and every day.

Song of the Week

Listening to several songs this past week that were from music I listened to decades ago.  Many of those songs’ lyrics still ring true for me today.  I feel the old feelings I had when I first heard the music, listened to the tunes over and over, until I knew all the words.

And so I had the idea to bring those lyrics back, to share some of them, share a song a week with the words that spoke to me at the time, still do today.  Often it was inspiration, and still carries that weight; other times it was just good story, or something I could otherwise relate to.

Beginning this week, every Thursday, I’m going to post lyrics from a song; maybe I’ll share a little personal background as well.  And if I can find the tune on YouTube, will include that link too.

Not sure what the first song will be.  But I’m pretty excited.  I hope this weekly practice provides a boost.  I know it will for me.

More GOOD.