Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23
God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Each of God’s children is fearfully and wonderfully made. God acknowledged the goodness of each at the point of creation. Several years ago while on a tour of Scandinavia with my church choir we were invited to a mid-summer celebration in a small Swedish village. Part of the activities included various folk dances in which all were invited to participate. I was impressed by the inclusion of people with special needs whether in a wheelchair or needing guidance because they could not see. I do not recall anything like that happening at such gatherings in the USA. I was pleased to hear on the news recently the opening of a new playground made for all children.
I also read this week a very sad statement regarding women only being made whole through their relationship with a man. Men and women both are made whole through Jesus Christ. Our scripture today speaks to this source of our wholeness. Jesus calls each of us to Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:48) Ours is a journey toward being like Christ who gave his very life for our redemption and promised the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide us.
God also created us male and female in God’s own image. Joining two people on this same journey in marriage can enhance growth if both work together with God on their spiritual journey, but only God can fill any voids in our wholeness. We cannot expect salvation from another human being.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for creating each person as unique as the snowflakes. Help us learn to love others just as they are and as you are shaping them to be. Amen.