Sunday, July 15th


Therefore, remember that formerly you  ... were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. - Ephesians 2:1-13

Dear Jesus, I sometimes forget that there was a time that I was lost without you in the world.  In those times my contentment lags and I get disappointed with life because I live by my expectations of what I can get from this temporal world.  But then you give me words like these in Ephesians 2 that remind me that I once was lost, without hope and without you in the world.  Now, I remember that I have so much right now to be thankful for as a child of God with hope and peace.  And to think that it took your death to give me this - ties me forever to you in loyalty.  There is no other god that boasts of dying so that his subjects might truly live.  I live in hope and peace.  That gives me a lot to look forward to.  AMEN

To be without God is to be lost in the jungle where every being you encounter wants to eat you and all you have for help is your own panicked mind.

Additional Readings: Exodus 3,4, Joshua 1, Matthew 28:20, Romans 8:18-39