Belonging Brings Certainty

May 26, 2022

Romans 8.28-30

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.

Over the past two years there have been a few moments when people have complained about how life was going.  Disease, quarantines, travel restrictions.  We have looked at different shutdowns and heard complaints about all that is going on.  Now we deal also with slightly elevated gas prices and we are unhappy.  

Yet we are not living in places where there is war.  We have not gone hungry.  We have more clothes than most of us will wear.  We are not in the midst of huge disasters.  But we hear complaints about how tough things have been.

Have we tried looking at things a bit differently?  Instead of thinking of the things we have lost, what have we gained?  How have we seen the hand of God in our lives over the past years?  How has he looked after us and shown us his amazing grace, over and over?  What is better for us now?  Do we see that God is using this time to bring us to a better way of being?  Being as a person and being as a church.

I came up with quite the list of things that have improved in life for me, and for the church, during these past two years.  But I don’t want to post it or share it at all.  And the reason is that I would rather we were all able to come up with our own lists with no need for outside ideas.  We can each make our own lists and find several things that show how God has been working in life; with us and with his church.  Take time to see God at work over the past years, and see him at work today.

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God of the ages, we praise you for all your servants who have done justice, loved mercy, and walked humbly with their God.  We praise you for all who have sought your new creation, and who, by their steadfast faith, have shown their discipleship in Christ Jesus.  We praise you for those we have known and loved, and pray that we, with them, may follow in the way of Christ, and, at the last, dwell in your holy city, sharing the inheritance of the saints in light, through your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

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