Old Testament: Genesis 41:14-45
Morning Psalms: Psalms 24, 29
New Testament: Romans 6:3-14
Gospel: John 5:19-24
Evening Psalms: Psalms 8, 84
In today’s gospel, Jesus says,
“…whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24)
This sounds so easy – all we have to do is hear and believe. But I have a hard time doing this.
We have recently become empty nesters. We were sort-of empty nesters since our youngest went to college, but now he has fully moved out and relocated, so it’s the real deal.
Last year, for the first time in a long time, my boys were home, and we spent Christmas together. What a joy to be with our grown children, including my daughter-in-law. I am so proud of the adults they have all become, and I’m excited about their future. But I wasn’t feeling so confident about things as they were growing up. Time seemed to buzz by in a frazzled state. I was full of doubt and self-judgment, wondering what damage I was doing to my kids since I was sure I wasn’t the perfect parent.
So what does this have to do with the passage from John? I view these as similar functions. As a Christian, I need to simply hear and believe in order to be a fully devoted follower of Christ and to feel the fullness of His grace. As a parent, I simply needed to hear and believe God in the little ways He spoke to me every time I stumbled – and there was lots of stumbling! But, I kept getting up and, with faith, kept at it. Now, I see my kids as beacons of light, shining not because of me or despite my failings, but because of all that was and is good in our family and in our faith. What joy!