Monday, December 5, 2016

There is only one correct answer to the test question.

Come now and see the works of God, how wonderful He is in his doing toward all peoples. Psalm 66:4

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6 (KJV)

Grant that the remembrance of the blessed Life that once was lived out on this common earth under these ordinary skies may remain with me in all the tasks and the duties of this day. Let me remember His meekness, His simplicity, His steadiness of purpose, His self-discipline, His serenity of spirit, His complete reliance upon Thee, His Father in Heaven. And in each of these ways give me grace to follow in His footsteps. –John Baillie

So last week I went to the Wednesday night prayer meeting and Bible study at the neighborhood church, The African Methodist Episcopalian Church. And what a sweet meeting it was indeed, full of light. And it was way old school, as first of all we prayed for oh so many people and things, with hope and trust as we left these burdens in His care. And then we had a sheave of questions as we worked our way through a survey class of 2 Corinthians in one night in King James English. 

Nicole sent me a reminder of what is true after our hanging out time last night which included the most delicious Time Market pizza and lots of time standing together in front of the small gas heater, a reminder about how they will know we are His, by our love, and nothing else.

And the folks gathered around that small warm table totally got it. What matters, as they receive the Word with murmured gratitude and big smiles of delight. We did not delve into verb tenses or historical precedence, although that is a very helpful study pattern and right now I am reading Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes a second time.

But what we did do together is carefully recopy the text word for word onto the little lines after the question and with all of our hearts say, “Thank you, Jesus, thank you.” And then we stood up and held hands in a small circle and were blessed to go out and live as He lived, love as He loved. 

Because He is the Light, the Light cast into the darkness of my heart, that I might do what is truly His holy will, with His grace following in His footsteps. Unconditionally, with arms opened wide to all peoples.