[Originally posted by Glenn Murray on 4 December 2015]
FDR part 2 for Fr 04/12/2015.
Following on from my blog and exercise this morning titled: :”Why I am Christ’s” I was able to produce a short list that reminded me of these briefly described reasons: Reasons why I am Christ’s.
Amazement. Mouth open, chin on the floor Amazement. Still.
Learning as a farm boy about all that is life through a child’s eyes. Seasons, growing food crops and annimals, using it for ourselves and selling it for others. Understanding how the world works as a physical entity.
Regular Sunday School and church attendance where I heard the accounts of the bible and its people. Then late in primary school a locum minister, an ex-army chaplain, who could show us copies of paintings of the crucifixion in its different stages. Pictures beyond belief that conveyed the scene as it probably occurred . Pictures that visually fitted around the biblical words I knew.
A journey. From calm to turgid, and back and very challenging. But accompanied with a great sense of peace and being held in God’s hands.
Nothing stops. The learning continues. The journey continues.
God’s people always nearby. Some sail in and out of my life as God wills. Always for some purpose. And yet many come along for longer periods, including my family. In this current season I find myself at a home-like place working alongside and with my FAC colleagues.
Healing and refining. I don’t expect to ever tire of seeing my brothers and sisters healed by God. Some in so terrible a place that no earthly medicine or process will ever produce a cure. I too am healed in ways I have not expected. Yet we go on in faith and hope. I learn again the lesson of our God who loves us beyond description.
These are the lasting things; God’s love for me as a sinner before HIm and yet I believe the account of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection for our sins. From this gift of Jesus to atone for my sinning behaviour comes my faith and hope in everlasting life.
I remain amazed.