Sunday, December 23, 2018
A Body, a Time, a Life ... Prepared
"A body hast Thou prepared me..." (Heb. 10.5)
The words speak primarily of Jesus' coming to this world, and of His birth among men.
But they are true of every life which breathes the air of this earth.
A body, and by extension, a Life, is given of God.
It is prepared in the plans of God.
It is formed by the hands of God.
It is given into our hands to steer through the years of our lives.
"A body prepared..."
The phrase covers all our existence,
all our abilities,
all our time,
all our circumstances.
There is Nothing which has to do with our life here on earth which is excluded - God has prepared all.
At all times and in all places, the enemy is insistent in his attempts to destroy this sublime God-given gift of life - it is the focus of all his attacks.
He seeks to infiltrate our feelings.
He seeks to confuse out thoughts.
He seeks to blind our eyes to the World which is given us by God.
As we think of Jesus coming to earth we do well to think also of that which is God-given in our lives,
Days to seek, to believe, to possess and fill with purpose.
The task will test our surrender, our obedience and our faith.
The path may lead through loneliness and suffering, but the end will be glorious.
It is attributed to Ugo Bassi, (who was Garibaldi's chaplain before he was captured, tortured and executed,) to have once touched upon this theme of our earthly purpose when he said (speaking of the area of suffering):