It is God that comes into our hearts and completes us.
Genesis chapter three tells the story of man's fall from grace. Adam and Eve believed that something other than God himself could fulfill their longing hearts. Verses four and five say, “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” The subtle but deadly implication was that God was withholding something from them. It was the beginning of denial. It was the first sin, the sin of believing that God himself was not enough.
Since then, every one of us has repeated that original sin by seeking fulfillment in things that are far too small. Money, sex, drugs, power, status, entertainment, busy-ness--all are just puny drops falling into a cavernous emptiness. Even good things like work, family, friendships, and church can become cheap substitutes for real fulfillment. It's time to stop the denial, and put an end to the lie.
Only God can fill the void in our hearts. Listen to learn more at www. QCAradio.com.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13
How can the Church provide support to the community around the issues of abortion? How can we create a culture--not just political but also social and spiritual--that makes abortion unnecessary and unthinkable? These are the questions asked by Georgette Forney, president of Anglicans for Life. They "believe that every person in every church doing one thing every day to uphold the sacredness of Life can make a difference—and every person means you! No matter your age, experience, or talents, there are things you can do to celebrate, protect, and honor Life." Listen and learn as Ms. Forney chats with www.QCAradio.com.
Then, take action. Visit Anglicans for Life online for simple, easy ways to create a habit of upholding life. And at the very least, pray:
THE PRAYER FOR LIFE
Lord God, Thank You for creating human life in Your image.
Thank You for my life and the lives of those I love.
Thank You for teaching us through Scripture the value You place on life.
Help me to uphold the sanctity of life in my church and community.
Give me the strength to stand up to those forces that seek to destroy the lives of those most vulnerable, the unborn, the infirm and the elderly.
Today I commit myself never to be silent, never to be passive, never to be forgetful of respecting life.
I commit myself to protecting and defending the sacredness of life according to Your will, through Christ our Lord.
God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
Genesis chapter one tells how God established time. Have you ever considered how important that is in the creation narrative? It's stated so routinely that it's easy to miss: "There was evening, and there was morning." Before God created the sun, the moon, creatures, plants, or even man, he established time. Why? To give us order.
Think about the most chaotic, difficult time in your life. Close your eyes and picture those days in your mind. Consider how, in the midst of the chaos, "There was evening, and there was morning." There was still the light and the darkness that gave rhythm and order in the midst of the chaos, grounding you, steadying you. No matter what, you knew the sun would rise tomorrow, and it did. God knew you needed that. That is why we must redeem it. Listen to learn more at www.QCAradio.com.
For he is God's servant to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For He is God's servant, an avenger for wrath to the one doing evil. (Romans 13:4)