"Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children, and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."
~ Ephesians 5: 1,2
"Stay in God's grip!"
As many folks know, I will often sign my letters and emails with this phrase, and now have a website and daily blog that I remind others to "Stay in God's grip!"
It is a reminder that being held by the hands of God is a very special place to be, and that what a blessing it is to know that we are loved by such an amazing God.
For many of us, being present with God involves many different images. Some of us are held in God's hands, others at the footstool of God, perhaps some find walking in the doors of a church and being present at the altar as places where the touch of God's hands may be realized.
We hunger for God's presence. There is such an enormous need for meaning in life, for comfort and consolation, for forgiveness and reconciliation, for restoration and healing, and to exhibit compassion.
While many of these things can often make us feel as if we are slipping from God's hands, we are reminded that God's presence in our lives begins within.
We are called to be imitators of Christ, living our faith out as someone in a relationship so intimate that we become not just the hands, but the body of Christ for others.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.