10th September 2017
... I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19 (NIV)
I find this a wonderful prayer. It is from the apostle Paul to the church at Ephesus and it is grounded in love.
Paul prays that all God’s children come to realise that in all we experience daily - the joys and the pain - God gives us strength and by God’s Spirit, Christ is present with us.
People across the globe experience joys and pain daily, in very different ways. We have seen the recent devastation wreaked by hurricanes in the US and the Caribbean; mudslides in Sierra Leon and floodwaters across Asia.
There is the excruciating pain of losing everything. On Barbuda, one island in the Caribbean, 90% of the island was destroyed by hurricane Irma.
And there is the heart-warming joy of finding someone alive.
Whatever your joy or your pain, regardless of how big or small, draw on God’s love, let it fill every part of your being.
Be rooted and established in God’s love, so that you may have the power, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.
Revd. Mark Robinson