The older we get, the easier it is to forget the basics of our faith, the foundation upon which everything depends.
The older we get, the easier it is to forget the basics of our faith, the foundation upon which everything depends. And those basics are simple, yet complicated and impossible to comprehend fully. Our God is all-loving, all-powerful, and all-knowing.
First, our God is all-loving. Sometimes we make good decisions; sometimes, not so much. But whatever the decision, God always loves us no matter what. Nothing you can do will change the love God has for you.
The second trait — all-powerful. Look at the Bible: creating our world out of nothing, parting the Red Sea, turning water into wine, raising the dead. Our God is indeed all-powerful; you know it and believe it.
But the third trait — God is all-knowing — is the one that gets us into trouble. It creates high-spirited discussions and has proved to be a downfall of many a misguided preacher. We have a God who knows everything…everything…before it even happens… not because he has predestined it, but because He knows what our choices will be and what our future holds. Simple as that!
Never forget the grandeur and the simplicity of God. We are His creation, living in a fallen world. Still, his loving arms surround us. He stands with us, even when our choices aren’t what they should be. And He waits for us to remember who we are and whose we are.
About the author: Previously the priest at St. Francis of Assisi in Lake Placid for 21 years, Rev. Elizabeth L. Nelson is now the Priest at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in LaBelle.