Remembering before our God your work of faith, and labor of love, and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. --I Thessalonians 1:3
When we can go outside for a walk to break the monotony of a gloomy, uninteresting evening, we are compelled to look up. There in the darkness we may be surprised that the moon is peering at us silently beneath a hazy passing cloud. We are immediately diverted from the monotony. Our breath deepens and we stand transfixed by the wonder of creation. A moment such as this strengthens our faith in the marvels of heaven, increases our willingness to love, and expands our hope in the potentiality of life. Although we may not be able to articulate it, we are aware that the work of creation is unfolding before us, and we feel strangely uplifted to meet the tasks that lie before us.
Think for a moment of the people you have experienced in life whose work seemed born from faith, motivated by love, and done with a spirit of joy and hopefulness. Whenever we encounter such people, we feel the movement of gratitude in our souls. Gratitude that there are people who seem to have understood their role in life, gratitude because the work is done so un-self-consciously, gratitude because somehow we find our own work more meaningful because of their witness, gratitude that there really is the possibility that work has a deeper import than mere labor for a paycheck. But, perhaps most important of all, we realize that the work they are doing is a work of creation unfolding before us, and we feel strangely uplifted to meet the tasks that lie before us.
O God, let my work, as unimportant as it may seem to me, be a part of the unfolding of your creation.
These meditations first appeared at explorefaith.org
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