“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” (Colossians 3:14, NRSV)
This past Sunday at our 150th Celebration, we experienced a day filled with love—love for God, love for Canterbury, and love for one another. It was so good to see many of the former ministers who have helped shape this great congregation. It was a day of remembrance and a day of joy. I have described the day as glorious. If you missed it, be sure to watch it on the web.
“Things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.” ( Psalm 78:3-4, ESV)
God’s faithfulness in the past is the cornerstone upon which the future is laid. The Bible is not as much a history book as it is a testimony to how God has been at work in history creating the path that leads to his kingdom on earth. In the text of the Bible’s pages, we meet people who put their lives in God’s hands when the way forward was not clear. Their only incentive for trusting in God was an understanding of how God had come through in the past. Someone told them the story of an amazing God who is out to save the world and who invited them to join him. By believing in God’s trustworthiness, they were able to move us one step closer to the vision that God has for this world.
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18, NRSV)
Grief is one of the most powerful and pervasive experiences that we go through as human beings. We all experience a variety of losses that impact our sense of wellbeing in as many ways as there are people. Feelings are shared by those who are grieving, but each has a unique journey through processing loss.
“Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16, NRSV)
There is only one thing that limits God’s grace—us! The degree to which we receive God’s grace is directly proportional to our desire to receive God’s grace. There is nothing we have ever done or anything we have yet to do that is beyond the scope of God’s grace to forgive. The only limiting factor is whether or not we want to receive it.