Like Wind, Like Fire, © Mark Hewitt 2017
Pre our digital age, letter writing was the primary form of communication. Many of you will would be familiar with them.
Who still writes & sends letters?
I myself was never much of a letter writer but I did like sending post cards. Restricted to a 150 characters (sound familiar today?) Is Twitter or Instagram the new postcard?
Back to letters
Has there been a significant letter received in your life or is there significant letter in history you are aware of? Why is it significant?
We will focus on the letter to the Ephesians in coming weeks.
Who are we?
Many voices compete in answer to that question.
Those close to us, Family, friends, collegues in the different groups to which belong. Facebook friends, Society
Then there is our own voice; often the most critical voice in our head. Who are we? What words come to mind? Are they kind words or critical?
This first part of the letter to the Ephesians gets us to ask such a question, Who are we? Of all the opinions of who we are, none really matter, when as we hear from Ephesians; In God’s eyes we are blessed, holy, and blameless.
Let that soak in,forget all other voices, cast them all aside.
You are blessed, holy, and blameless.
We are also “marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit,” You have your flame received at the door. We have the art piece I painted for the season; Like fire like wind.
Spend a few moments in reflection
Ephesians 1:1-14 (NRSV)
THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the saints who are in Ephesus and are faithful in Christ Jesus:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance,having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance towards redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.
God of blessing, help us hear again, as if for the first time, that we are holy, blameless, blessed.
May we be the blessing you hope we will be,
witnesses to your joy and love. Amen.
-©Seasons of the Spirit