As I sit here this morning preparing for a sermon, it is just past 6:00am. I am at a coffee shop reading scripture and thinking about some of the most basic and important things in my life. Your faces beam at me on my computer screen.
My prayer for you is that you realize, at some point in your lives, that the most important thing you can commit yourselves to in your life is serving God. It will draw your life beyond immediate things or even your own lifespan and into eternity. From this perspective, you will be able to find and see the eternal worth of persons, the scope of God’s purposes in the universe and even among us, the beauty of God’s creation, and the fragility of each moment and each life.
There is nothing more rewarding and more fulfilling, in the long run, than serving God and seeing life from this perspective. To find it, you will need to have moments when you can be alone with God, in the silences, and take in the wonder and grandeur of seeing your own lives in this perspective of things. God knows each hair on your head, and God knows and lives throughout the waves of energy, light, and space that stretches out into eternity. And, in those moments, you will know and feel how God knows and always thinks of you. I know my love for you and my affection are both a sign and gift that God gives me because it is God’s own love and affection for you.
As I prepare for a sermon today, I know, somehow, God cares for me and the people I’m going to worship with today in the same way. Each worship service is a sacrament of our love for one another, shared in Jesus Christ. What makes Jesus special is that his life, death, and ministry is the promise that all that we sense, believe, hope for, and marvel of in ourselves and each other can become real. Jesus was the full bloom of God’s eternal love and purposes in one life. We learn who we are and can be through him. The love God had for Jesus came true in his life and purpose, even amidst confusion, misdirection, and tragedy. I, too, feel and hope that the love I feel for you can come in full bloom in you – that you will grab it, grasp it, and pay it forward because it is just a small piece of God’s love that lives in me and so want to give to you.
I love you more that I can say. I’m thinking about you today, as I prepare for this day, in scope of all things God has for us.
You are the miracle of my mornings.