Sunday, February 21, 2010

February 21 - Risking it All

Where is the romance in the mantra of this generation,

“You can have it all!”?

Where is the story, and who would read to the end of a novel wherein the heroine has everything, suffers no fear or danger of losing it, never does lose it, receives more by express mail, ends up with all of it, and dies in her sleep, surrounded by every bit of it?

When we listen to the “having it all” disseminators, they dissemble.

We cannot possibly “have it all” until we own the sword that cuts down marauders without and fears within. Minus that weapon, we have not everything.

We cannot ever “have it all” until we achieve the victory known to those who face down their own selfishness and lethargy. Without that medal of honor, our possessions are sparse, tinny.

No one without hope for the life to come has really “everything.” One might say, those without hope of resurrection have . . . nothing. Certainly, nothing they can keep.

Our “all” in Cor Unum must ever be the totality of the redemption purchased for us.

The prairie farmers, whose hard work and frugality opened the land to communities and businesses beyond number, hoped for a return for their labor. They did not make claim to deserve success, but they did put faith in natural progressions and often, in the God who set those progressions in motion. Some trusted then, and some trust today, that He governs plantings, progressions, and harvests, too.

So may we believe and “sow” our faith in Cor Unum. When we go in secret to worship and pray, a loving Father will be waiting for us there, and He rewards those who come. In this, our hope is steadfast, for it is founded upon a promise made by the One Who set the planets spinning. (Matthew 6:6)

When we ask, as the people of God, we will receive from the hand of God. To that end, we are selling all we have that we might buy the field in which lies the pearl of so great a price.

"'This Way' to the Good Life"
photo by Kerry

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