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October 24, 2020

Eph 4: 7-16

But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people.” (When it says, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) 

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 

We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Living the truth in the midst of uncertainty

Recently, I received a positive COVID-19 test and had the experience of recovering and isolating at home. This caused further disruption as my wife had to quarantine from work and we tried to figure out a completely new schedule with my 2-year-old requiring round the clock supervision. Peace did come in the form of knowing that “he ascended” means “he also descended into the lower parts of the earth?” He remained with me even though I felt like a “child” groping for a sense of normalcy while being “tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind.”

What is a recent experience in which you have felt “tossed by the waves and swept along?”

Was there something that followed that helped you in “living the truth in love?”

Adam Mescher is a graduate of Marquette University High School and Marquette University and currently works as a hospice chaplain.

 

Prayer

My life flows on in endless song
Above earth's lamentation
I hear the real though far off hymn
That hails a new creation

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging
It sounds an echo in my soul
How can I keep from singing?

What though the tempest round me roars
I know the truth, it liveth
What though the darkness round me close
Songs in the night it giveth

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?

Lyrics from “How Can I Keep From Singing” by Robert Lowry


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October 24, 2020

Eph 4: 7-16

But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people.” (When it says, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) 

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 

We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Living the truth in the midst of uncertainty

Recently, I received a positive COVID-19 test and had the experience of recovering and isolating at home. This caused further disruption as my wife had to quarantine from work and we tried to figure out a completely new schedule with my 2-year-old requiring round the clock supervision. Peace did come in the form of knowing that “he ascended” means “he also descended into the lower parts of the earth?” He remained with me even though I felt like a “child” groping for a sense of normalcy while being “tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind.”

What is a recent experience in which you have felt “tossed by the waves and swept along?”

Was there something that followed that helped you in “living the truth in love?”

Adam Mescher is a graduate of Marquette University High School and Marquette University and currently works as a hospice chaplain.

 

Prayer

My life flows on in endless song
Above earth's lamentation
I hear the real though far off hymn
That hails a new creation

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging
It sounds an echo in my soul
How can I keep from singing?

What though the tempest round me roars
I know the truth, it liveth
What though the darkness round me close
Songs in the night it giveth

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?

Lyrics from “How Can I Keep From Singing” by Robert Lowry


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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