Read Colossians 1:9-17

      For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.  May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.
       He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers–all things have been created through him and for him.  He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

from Rev. Richard Howard, First Christian Church, Morgantown:

            Western culture has so thoroughly domesticated Jesus that it takes an active imagination to see the cosmic Christ proclaimed by Colossians.  This is the age of Jesus as our bosom buddy, our pal, our friend.  We find comfort in a Jesus that bears much resemblance to ourselves.  But Colossians tells us of a greater being, a glorious being, one through whom “all things in heaven and on earth were created…”  And this is the power that has been made manifest through his present body on earth, the Church.  If we would just embrace such an understanding of Christ, and then seek to be the conduits of his powerful love to the world around us, how much closer to the divine kingdom on earth we would be.

            As we make our Lenten journey, let us be thankful that such love for all creation has chosen to dwell in the world through those who are willing to give themselves to God.

Gracious Lover of Creation,
 instill in us even a small portion of your love,
that we too may work to bring healing and wholeness to a broken world.
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