Growing Up

Today is Monday, June 12, 2017. Day 21,641. Back to the routine.

“Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?” ~ M. C. Escher
BrainyQuote
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” ~ Marie Curie
The Quotations Page

The word of the day is prelapsarian, an adjective meaning, “characteristic of or pertaining to any innocent or carefree period.” Used in theology, it also means, ” occurring before the Fall.”

Today is Loving Day, so named after Supreme Court case Loving vs Virginia, in which the laws forbidding interracial marriages were overturned in 1967.

Well, it’s back to work, this morning. We got up at 5:15, and the sun isn’t shining, yet. We slept better, last night, though. We all miss Oregon.

Band practice tonight, so it will be a late one.

I decided to re-subscribe to Sirius XM, this morning. Five months for $24.99. One of the selling points was that streaming from the Internet or phone app is now included in that price.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

(From The Divine Hours)

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!
Psalm 31:24
You, O LORD, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever.
Psalm 12:7
Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!
Psalm 80:3
You will increase my greatness and comfort me again.
Psalm 71:21
Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.
The Gloria
O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration I may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
The Prayer Appointed for the Week

(From Practice Resurrection)

Over the next few weeks, I am going to be re-reading Practice Resurrection, by Eugene H. Peterson, in a more devotional setting, maybe just a few paragraphs at a time. I feel it is an important enough book to share in this blog. The book is a study of Ephesians, with an emphasis on the Church. The subtitle of the book is “a conversation on growing up in Christ.”

So it begins, “This is a conversation on becoming a mature Christian, Christian formation, growing up to the stature of Christ.”

Everyone is born. That’s how life begins. Then we begin to grow. Jesus used this event as a metaphor for a different kind of birth, “becoming alive to God. Alive to God-alive. Life vast, complex, damaged, demanding . . . and beautiful.” He first used this metaphor in a conversation with Nicodemus. At first Nicodemus did not understand it, being somewhat of a literalist. But later, he proved that he had grown to understand it, as he was present at the burial of Jesus. “His presence at the burial is evidence that ever since that conversation with Jesus he had been growing, growing in understanding and participation, on his way to maturity in the world of God alive.”

So, in this life, birth, then growth, “the most significant growing up that any person does is to grow as a Christian.” This involves the work of the Holy Spirit, who forms our “born-again spirits into the likeness of Christ.”

Paul puts it this way in Ephesians 4: . . . until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ . . . to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ. (vv. 13, 15)

Peterson translated this this way in The Message: God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything . . . so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love. (vv. 15-16)

“John grew up.
Jesus grew up.
Paul tells us, ‘Grow up.'”

Father, help me to continue to grow up in Christ, “healthy . . . robust in love!” Show me the way, the path, to fullness and maturity in Christ, especially as I interact with my brothers and sisters in community with the Trinity!
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

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