I know who I am going to be!
Wednesday, September 20, 2023
The Moon Sets as the Dawn Breaks,
Who Will We Be This Day?
In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and one’s children will have a refuge.
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Words of Grace For Today
Knowing who we are is a great start to any day.
Often our confidence in who we are is lost in delusions and dreams unreal.
There is only one identity that we can know of ourselves that will bring us life with each breath and that is …
Yet there is, before we speak of it, so much that would tear us from that identity.
Not least of all is our own drive and dreams to be something worth being.
Through hardships we forge ahead, proving we are worth the breath we breathe.
Through distress we dig deep, proving we are made of goodness.
Through persecution we deny our persecutors their satisfaction, proving we cannot be conquered (even as we sink deeper into the abyss.)
We try to survive through famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword, but then the course of nature claims us in our deaths.
Oh, how futile all our struggles turn out to be. And how foolish our enemies have made themselves out to be, as they sink faster into the abyss with each move made against us!
There is no confidence we can have, about anything, least of all about ourselves that will save us.
We are doomed, all of us.
The one confidence that we have is a confidence given to us, though we do not deserve it, not at all, not at all.
That identity is one given to us by Jesus: we are the bearers and sharers of Jesus’ love for the world and all people ever.
From this love, nothing can separate us,
because God gives it to us each day, each hour, each minute.