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Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Today’s Scripture Reading | Ephesians 1:15–23
I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may perceive what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (NRSV)
This excerpt from the letter of Paul to the Ephesians warms my heart with its faith and confidence in God at work in the intimate recesses of our being. Paul expresses a confidence that God gives wisdom and revelation and enlightens the eyes of the heart. Paul continually invites me to consider not so much what I am accomplishing but what God is accomplishing in and through us. He is at peace knowing that God is bringing to fulfillment God’s purposes.
I find that when the eyes of the heart are opened, the quality of my presence with others shifts; the way I see the events of my life is transformed. This can be subtle but no less powerful. When the eyes of the heart are enlightened, it involves my seeing and appreciating the depth and dimension in the lives of others and my own as well. It involves a growing awareness of God present and at work, sometimes in an almost imperceptible and subtle manner, sometimes in remarkable ways.
Eastertide and now this season of Pentecost that follows it is a graced opportunity to consider the new life and possibility that the Spirit is inviting us to, where the growth and new life are to be found, and how we can cultivate and pay attention to God’s life in us. Paul says it so beautifully when he writes, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.”
Gracious God, open our hearts to your Presence and increase our hope and gratitude for the ways that your Spirit makes all things new and opens up new possibilities for living each moment. Amen.
Written by John Moulder, Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being
Reflection and prayer © Fourth Presbyterian Church
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