A Message From Fr. Chris – Aug 24

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 (ESV)
 
One of the most fascinating and enjoyable aspects of being a Christian is knowing that there is more to life than what is visible to us.  For example, we accepted the fact that Jesus was crucified, died, buried and rose again from the dead. We did not accept this because of what we could see, but by faith in what we cannot see. He then chose to make Himself known to us in very real, but difficult to explain, ways.
We often hear stories of great blessing: the check which comes unexpectedly in the mail; the house that sells in a slow market within days; or a miracle in which a life is protected.
We also hear stories of great tragedy: good people who lose their jobs and face bankruptcy; the house that is lost to foreclosure because no buyer can be found; or the tragic loss of a life that showed such promise.
It is our nature to judge what pleases us as blessing, and what pains us as curse. However, St. Paul reminds us that we see in a mirror dimly. We cannot see every ripple, created by every event of life that occurs to those who believe. Only God can do that.
Paul also states, ” we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Do we really have the faith to believe that God truly does make all things work together for good? To believe this means that we have to abandon our judgment of good and bad. We may not be able to see the ripples which ultimately bring about good, but our faith encourages us in knowing that God will be victorious and bring good to that which may have been intended for evil.
As Christians, all of us know that when we die, Jesus will welcome us into His Kingdom. Even though we cannot see it, we know from Holy Scripture that there will be no more pain or suffering; no tears, but eternal bliss in the presence of God. I believe that part of this bliss will be seeing our lives from Christ’s point of view. It is my hope that we will see how He used our lives to bring about good. We will be awestruck by the magnificence of His wisdom and power to transform ALL THINGS into good for His eternal glory.
When I am struggling with difficult circumstances, I take solace and rest in that hope. In the meantime, I enjoy it when He reveals to me His working all things together for good.
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