Meditation Thought: “For it was fitting that he for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified have all one origin… Therefore he had to be made like his brethren in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God to make expiation for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 1-11, 17)
We have strayed far away from home, so far from where our Father lives, that we have allowed ourselves to be distracted from His influence. But He has sent One to dwell with us to remind us of His desires for us – His hopes for us – His loving care and guidance, so greatly desiring is He of bringing us back into fellowship and into a loving relationship, that He sacrifices His own self that we might gain.
How touched we are when someone gives of themselves that me might gain!
When will we realize that this Father who created us has given of Himself to the fullest extent? – above all others, in all time?
Should not our hearts soften, should not we respond in gratitude that we no longer face death, that we no longer face fear, nor want, nor despair except for a brief moment of contemplation, of choice? Once we affirm through our faith that God has reached out to us in the flesh, as well as in Spirit and in Word, then all of the protection ever needed is provided – all that we need for a purposeful, fulfilling, joyous, peaceful life is ours.
We merely ask for it, and it is within our grasp. If we truly believed what we read in the Word, and proclaim in our worship, we would dazzle as sunlight on a gloomy world.
The heavens declare
the glory of God,
And kindness declares His love.
The hard shell of withdrawn hurts
softens with murmurs
And blossoming faith from that melted shell
Is a flower, lovely and fair
With the fragrance
Of a crushed self-will
Perfuming the air
And declaring to all
That God Himself draws near.