Finding God in the Mysteries of every day

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2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

            One of my favorite movie images of all time comes from the 1953 Western movie Shane. In one particular scene Van Heflin, the homesteader, is working hard at removing a stump right in his own door yard. With the assistance of itinerant gunfighter Alan Ladd they work together for as long as it takes finally gaining victory over the stubborn remnant of the tree. Both men achieve a sort of victory here, To me this has long represented the consequence and presence of what the old timers called “besetting sin”. Deep rooted, annoyingly present, defying our best efforts to remove, they linger on and on and frequently are forgotten in the day to day grind of living. How odd that in this particular instance we are afforded a perfect glimpse of what it means to “be the Church”. Alan Ladd puts down his guns, takes off his shirt and pitches in to help the farmer overcome an enormous stumbling block to his happiness and prosperity as a farmer.

            So to, the Church should be the source of whatever help we might need to “purify ourselves” and to “perfect holiness” We should have enough trust to allow others to help. Sadly, frequently we are unable to allow ourselves to trust enough to let someone in to help. Others cannot repent for us, but they can help to turn our feet in the right direction. Realize, however, that with all of our talk of purity and holiness we shall only rise as high in that regard as the Lord enables us.

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Larry M Lawrence is an author, composer, Musician, retired pastor, and lives in Missouri with his wife Jane.

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