This week, we welcome guest writer Brian Harriett, a lifelong member of Medford UMC, to share his reflections in a series called “Somewhere Down the Road,” about a disciple’s growth through the cycle of life.
8 He has told you, human one, what is good and
what the Lord requires from you:
to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.
11 He gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers. 12 His purpose was to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ 13 until we all reach the unity of faith and knowledge of God’s Son. God’s goal is for us to become mature adults—to be fully grown, measured by the standard of the fullness of Christ.
My lovely mother is getting on in years, And the way her body’s aging brings her girls to tears, The way she trembles with each effort she makes, She just says heaven’s getting closer each day. -"Unafraid," Amy Grant, 2009
Saint, /sānt/ noun
A person acknowledged as holy or virtuous and typically regarded as being in heaven after death. (Oxford English Dictionary)
I believe that while most people know “virtuous,” as possessing “virtues,” some may only think that the “holiness” of a saint only applies to the advanced in age. Perhaps we should aspire to the “set apartness” of being holy, whatever our age (young, old, or anywhere in between).
By Brian Harriett
For Pondering & Prayer
When is the last time you considered someone to be a “saint?” Is it something you may become, as you become a more mature disciple?
Prayer: Lord, help me “Sing the wondrous love of Jesus. Sing His mercy and His grace. In the mansions bright and blessed. He’ll prepare for us a place.” Amen. (“Imagine/Sing the Wondrous Love of Jesus,” Amy Grant, 2001)