Ephesians 3: 14 – 21

Jan. 14, 2022

14For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

20Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

These verses – this thought – is so moving and beautiful it’s a joy to read.

Verse 21 “Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” We are the ‘church’. We should spend each day of our lives glorifying Him, praising Him, thanking Him. Where would we be if we didn’t have Jesus, if God had never sent us His Son. I shudder to think about it.

Do you find that sometimes the Scriptures speak directly to you – like they were meant for you alone and God was trying to tell you something? I had a practice, several years ago, of using the Roman Catholic rosary beads to count my blessings. The small beads were those things for which I was thankful and the big beads were for the Lord’s Prayer and alternately, the Anglican prayer , ‘Have mercy on me, a sinner’. Somehow I fell out of the habit of using them. Then, one day at work, a co-worker asked me if I had a rosary and that she had lost hers. So I gave her beads. But reading these verses this morning, I’m prompted to buy another set, this time, I think, I’ll get the Anglican ones, and renew that practice. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for the prod and the reminder.

In case you didn’t know about Anglican prayer beads, Wikipedia has a very good page about it at this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglican_prayer_beads#:~:text=Anglican%20prayer%20beads%2C%20also%20known%20as%20the%20Anglican,such%20they%20are%20also%20called%20Protestant%20prayer%20beads.

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