While You Wait
Today’s scripture selection: Jude
Key verses: Jude, verse 21
“…keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”
Who knows when it will happen?
Who knows when all the promises of scripture will come to fruition; when death will be conquered; when the spiritual warfare will cease; when we will be face to face with God?
These are the questions that have plagued the people of God for thousands of years.
But – while we wait – the words of a relatively unknown follower of Jesus named Jude – give us hope.
“…keep yourselves in God’s love.”
That’s how we live “until” –
That’s how we live until the day when God’s promises are all fulfilled, either individually for us, or for the entire world.
Waiting can be hard.
We need answers. We need healing. We need peace. We need rest. We need nourishment. We need…
But God knows all about that. And God is good. God is always good. So keep waiting. Keep praying. And most of all –
Keep yourselves in God’s love.
And one day – one glorious day – it will all make sense.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your amazing, abiding grace. Help me to trust in your perfect timing. Keep me close to you Lord – until that wonderful day – when we meet face to face. AMEN.
By Paul Simrell
The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
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