Our Father

Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

Those eternal words are found in the book of Matthew 6:9 and have been heard, hopefully understood and cherished by many over the years.  The problem has been that as we  have passed through this life we often forget and need to be reminded that He is truly in control and always has been.  He created life and this planet on which we reside.  He had plans from the beginning, but gave mankind free will because He desired not just obedience, but the same kind of love from us that He himself freely gave us when He planned creation.  It is obvious that we have yet to reach that goal, but He is patient and ever hopeful while always knowing what the final result will be. 

And yet through all the years and all the strife and disappointments He has continued to repeat the words – Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).  In this world of troubles after troubles He has remained faithful, always willing to give us one more chance.  I wonder if we will ever learn even though I pray it will be so.  Maybe during this Christmas season many will find it in their hearts to dedicate the rest of their lives to making His wish come true. 

While He always desired His hope would find realization He has never taken the choice He gave us away.  That doesn’t mean to say that one day He just might, but in the meantime let us pray that mankind will begin to see the light of day and become thankful that our Maker has given us the choice He hoped we would eventually see and understand.

Some of us have reached almost to the top, but many are still at the bottom of the hill needing a helping hand.  If the original script is followed than they will find that helpful hand is there and still functioning as God ordained.  I surely hope so. 

In the meantime, even though our hearts are desirous to achieve His goal, let us pray for wisdom and a heart that is like unto the Father’s, full of love for those who have yet to know and love Him.  It was and is our reason for existence, so planned by our Father in His mercy.

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away.
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day.

It would seem to many of us today that the goal will never be reached and yet the hearts God gave each one of us continue to beat and hope for an ending that will give our Creator pride in the accomplishment He so desired.  It might be hopeless, but before we give up let us look back at His desire and look forward to its accomplishment.  Time is running out, but we still have a little more time before the end is reached.  Let’s turn our  hearts to its accomplishment as we approach this Christmas season.  We are His children and He is our Father!  Thank you precious, ever-loving and ever-lasting Father.

AMEN and AMEN!

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA