Lord may this day become a day lived to your glory and honour. Help me to remember your loving kindness down all the previous years of my life. Help me to concentrate on Jesus, to radiate his love, to know his truth, to live as a disciple of his should, and to introduce others to him. AMEN.
Lord, give me strength to carry out all the things I have to do today, whether they are big or small. If I have been putting things off, help me to get stuck in to them and find satisfaction in doing them. Show me how to express appreciation to others for their help. In Christ’s name. AMEN.
Lord, I pray for people who are ill today. Remind them that Jesus is the divine physician whatever their medical advisers may do. Jesus, touch them as you touched lepers in Galilee, and bring them back to wholeness, I pray. Help them to have faith in you. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face
1 Cor 13:12 NIV
Wherein does the future lie? Some would think everything is up to blind chance. Others would think there is some impersonal “destiny”. Others again might reckon it is all just some silly muddle. Some think that it’s all going to end in some great fire or explosion. People of faith believe the future is in the hands of God.
Paul believed that since it is all in the hands of God it is working towards a future state of perfection. This is especially so of God’s love. We do not now see it in its fullness or perfection. But we will. He uses a puzzling picture-word, that of a mirror. In New Testament times the only mirrors they had were made of polished metal – obviously they only gave a poor reflection. The modern kind of mirror was only manufactured from about seven hundred years ago. Whilst the only reflection they could get was partial and poor, they hoped that the perfect mirror would come. That would give the perfect reflection. The same applies to the love of God. In our imperfect world we only see his love imperfectly – blurred and distorted, apart from when we look at Christ. But when his glorious future finally arrives and transforms this imperfect world we will see him as he is – perfect and glorious. And that difference is also the difference between God’s love and ours. Ours is imperfect. His is complete and perfect. And therefore we can look and hope for his coming, and for the future which he will bring.
Therefore, however gloomy, soiled and troubled the present is, we look with hope to God’s coming future.
Lord, I look to your coming greatness and glory.
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