On most Sundays, I invoke the words from Ephesians 5, "Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God." I have usually heard the words as a command, something I have to do (or attempt to do). This week, the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston gave me a different perspective.
"Wherever you go in the year to come, you will not walk alone. The love that has watched over you since you were a child will remain beside you. It will help you, and guide you, and laugh with you, and comfort you when you need it.
You do not have to do anything to earn this love or to keep it. It is the presence of a mind and heart as old as time. It is eternal and unchanging. It is a love so intimate it knows what makes you afraid at night and so strong that it can face any dawn with you.
Therefore, you will walk in love throughout this coming year. You will be enfolded by love, sheltered and sustained, enlightened and inspired, challenged and received. What is to come is waiting for you.
What has always been is with you already."
The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, Choctaw