“May God be gracious to us and bless us; may God’s face shine upon us.” Psalms 67:2.
You know that what we ask for, particularly in God’s name, we are to expect Him to answer. You know that, right? At least, intellectually.
But what about in the center of ourselves, that true center where we fundamentally believe, not just say we believe and go through the motions of what we say it is to be Christian? The Cross is our greatest witness and our most compelling sign of the magnificence of the concept of God’s gracious love.
Jesus entered into His Passion, Suffering and Death believing with every fiber of His being that the Resurrection was real. And yet, only about 100 years before Jesus’ birth did the concept of the Resurrection come into being. It was espoused by the Pharisees and the Essenes, but not the Sadduccees, for it was a concept that was not found in the Torah, the Writings or the Prophets.
Rather, it was found it what is known as the Apocrapha, as well as mention in the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Apocrapha, also known as Deuterocanonical, were Scriptures found outside of what Martin Luther believed were written in original Hebrew, and therefore were not included in his translation of the Bible.
With regard to God’s graciousness, do you believe in His desire and ability to be benevolent and generous to you? Do you believe He wishes to bless you and to make His face shine upon you? How does an acceptance of this kind of generosity change the way you live each day? Are you able to enter into each moment with a commitment and an abandonment to live as He asks?
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third St. South and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-439-2059 extension 718.