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17 October – A God Beyond Limits

Ephesians 3:16  I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17  and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18  I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19  and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20  Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

A prayer for the people: to “know the love of Christ”.  And that this would lead to the realization that the power of God – its breadth, length, height and depth – “surpasses knowledge”. Anyone who claims to be able to ‘explain God’ shows in this claim their own lack of knowledge of God. God is beyond explanation – able to “accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine”.

We serve a God of surprises who will never be fully explained by human language and experience.   Our Creator therefore constantly invites us to be surprised / to be perplexed / to be bewildered by the many new things we do not yet know…. but can learn because God reveals them to us.

Ordinary 25 / Pentecost +18

47 Wise Stewards

The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 287.
This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day

“To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” Finley Peter Dunne (1867–1936)