From where inspiration will come. This morning is an example.
It is my habit, when I wake, to come to my computer room, turn on the computer, and then read Morning Prayer by it’s very bright light. When I’ve finished my prayers, I go to Face Book to check in on how my family is doing – where they are, where they’re going, what they’ve been up to.
This morning I noticed that it is the 22nd wedding anniversary of our Archbishop, Chandler Jones, and his lovely wife. He posted the message that was given at their wedding ceremony and it included these words: “So by blessing the marriage God says, “As long as you have the will to keep these promises, I will give you the grace and the help you need to do it.” “.
It struck me that all that we do is with God’s help, ‘as long as you have the will …’ . There is a type of marriage between God and His people; He gives us free will and in our free will to do and to be all that we are called to be, we are wedded in will. It is a joining together with God in His will and in our will. And He gives us the ‘grace and help’ (strength) to keep our promises to Him.
I am reminded of this:
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
8 it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
9 And the angel said[a] to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” (Rev 19:6-9)
In our baptismal and confirmation promises, we wed our will to God’s – freely given and freely returned.