Hebrews 3:1-11 (5-6)
Moses was “faithful in all his house” as a “servant” to testify to what would be spoken, but Christ was faithful as a son placed over his house. We are his house, if [only] we hold fast to our confidence and pride in our hope.
Never in the half century of its existence has this small house been more in need for its family to hold fast to confidence and hope in the Lord’s abundant blessings. At one time a lively habitat for five sons and their various pets, it stood quiet for the past 25 years with a solitary occupant, the house reawakening to life when the children and grandchildren returned for short visits.
Within the past four weeks, the walls of the house are swelling with three new members and their
trappings. My son and his daughter, and a new puppy I broke down and adopted at Christmas, are
acclimating to a new way of life together for the next several months. It would be so tempting to focus on the irrational thinking (on my part) to adopt or the series of crises that brought about this new living arrangement. Instead, I’m surrendering my characteristic sedentary lifestyle and futile ruminations to the immediate tasks of walking the dog, making crafts with my granddaughter, and preparing healthy meals.
More than that, though, prayers of gratitude are richer; prayers for patience have a greater urgency. I experience a heightened awareness of each moment’s blessings and hope surpassing all my expectations and imaginings. As we take meals together, our conversations reflect deeper listening to where God is in each other’s lives. We are becoming a house of Christ, “if [only ] we hold fast to our confidence and pride in our hope.”
(c) 2015 Katherine St. John