Reading: Romans 16: 25-27
Verse 27: “To the only wise God be the glory fever through Jesus Christ”.
We tend to go through life largely on cruise control. Our daily routines are comfortable an established. We are generally content with our lot in life and we live with a sense of joy and well-being. Our jobs, our families our friends are satisfying. Our place in God’s family feels good and we feel known by God and feel we know God. Yes, there are trying moments and temporary frustrations, but for the most part, life is good. It makes the Christmas season seem even better.
But once in a while, life takes a turn. Then we find ourselves in uncomfortable or painful places. An unexpected loss or a sudden change in life takes us for a loop. Our routine, our joy, our contentment are disrupted. We feel lost, insecure, alone. Yet God remains present. God is our constant. We all know people dealing with loss or change. It is important this time of the year to connect a little deeper, to be a little more aware, to remind them more often of your love and of God’s love for them.
Maybe this is you. If so, know that God loves you and that your family and friends love you and want to be there for you. If this is someone you know, remind them often.
Today’s passage from Paul is the closing reminder to the Roman church that God established them in the faith through the gospel or good news of Jesus Christ. All Christians are established by this same good news. Jesus Christ came and lived and died and was resurrected for us all, showing us how to live out God’s love here on earth and showing us the way to life eternal. Hope and love all in one life. This is our truth in Christ. It is the path we joyfully and assuredly walk as children of the light. May all we do bring honor to Him. As Paul closes, so do I: “To the only wise God be the glory fever through Jesus Christ”.