Read 2 Corinthians 5:1-4, 16-19

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling–if indeed, when we have taken it off we will not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan under our burden, because we wish not to be unclothed but to be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.

From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.

from Rev. Mark Mills, First Christian Church, Moundsville:

We worship God. The struggle of the human condition is, as Paul writes, that we wish to be further connected with creation and what we create so that life swallows us up. We hear people talk about what makes them feel alive, which rarely seems to involve pure connection with Spirit. Learning to fully live in the world without being attached to it is the process of becoming free of the human condition. As we do, the resurrection power of the living Christ sets us free.

If you released all of the “stuff” in your life and left yourself with nothing, how alive would you feel?  This process of freedom moves us from seeing Jesus as a person into seeing the living Christ in all truth of fullness and Spirit. This process of freedom is what it means to become reconciled with God. Is it the resurrecting power of reconciliation…or the reconciling power of resurrection? Maybe it’s both.

Great “I Am,” reconcile my heart to yours.

Unbind me of the limitations of my material attachments,

and bring my heart into the truth of your power.

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