And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. —1 Peter 5:10
“God Hath Not Promised Sun Without Rain.” I remember this song from my grandmother’s funeral in 1979. More recently, Dr. James K.A. Smith (who preached here in January) reminded me that the children of Israel, and we Christians as well, know whose we are and where we’re headed—to eternal life with Almighty God. But we are not promised a smooth, uncurving road without ditches alongside.
We travel the way, just as everyone does. But I can’t help but notice blessings along my path, glimpses of heaven in nature, people I know and things that happen. Even the desert sees these signs when poppy seeds come out of hibernation to cover the dry, thorny hills with blooms after a fortuitous rain.
My father shared this truth with me in a photograph he took near his home in New Mexico. God offers these signs as we travel through Lent. My Creator’s hope and promise for the future lift me up.
God of heaven and earth, we praise you for your glory and ever-present signs of love and salvation that smile upon us, even in our dark or rocky times. Give us the strength and desire to glorify you along our way home. Amen.
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