December 10, 2016

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Saturday,  December 10, 2016
Psalm 146:5-10; 1 Samuel 2:1-8; Luke 3:1-18
By Marj Ramgren

In both Psalm 146 and I Samuel 2 God is portrayed as caring deeply for his created human beings. We are told:

He sets prisoners free…He lifts up those bowed down…
He sustains the fatherless…He watches over strangers…
He executes justice…He feeds the hungry…He upholds
the orphans and widows…

One might ask, “How can God who is Spirit perform those physical
actions?”

In a fiery fashion John the Baptist answers that question.  He says to those seeking baptism, “Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Share food and clothing with the poor. Be honest and just with your fellow man.”

About 1500 years later Saint Theresa of Avila very clearly explains how
God’s desires for all are to be fulfilled.  To those of us who belong to Christ she writes:

“Christ has no body now but yours.
No hands but yours; no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he looks with compassion on the world.
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.
Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes; you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but you.”

So may it be fulfilled in each of us from Bethlehem Covenant Church in 2017.  AMEN

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