Week 11 Day 1
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
Galatians 1:3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
How often I have read these salutations from Paul’s letters and not given them a second thought. Grace and peace, what a wonderful way to welcome a reader into the mind of the writer. It is as if to say that the writer has an awareness, a concern for the well being of the ones who receive the greeting. That in itself is sufficient to cause a reader to regard with some favor whatever it might be that the writer has to say.
The next part of this greeting is even more compelling to me because it speaks of Father God’s great concern and love for us through His only son Jesus who “gave Himself up” in the most daring and risky rescue attempt ever recorded in history. Can you imagine? Think back, if you are reading this it is my hope that you have come to know Jesus as friend, brother, Lord and God. When did you become aware of your peril in this life? What prompted you to reach out?
Without indulging in any of the myriad eschatological arguments prevalent out in the universe of Biblical thought I just thought it might do us all well to take a moment to reflect here on God’s great love which made this all possible.
Grace and Peace to you indeed!