Monday, August 29, 2011
Put on the armor of light
This coming week's epistle from Romans is quite excellent - lots of food for thought. "love one another" "loves is the fulfilling of the law" "wake from sleep" "the night is far gone, the day is near" "lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light" "put on the Lord, Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires"
What is the armor that we put on each day? What are we needing to protect us in our daily lives? Is it an armor of light, or an armor of steel? Is it an armor that brings light to others, or keeps them away? What are we pushing out into the world, fear, anxiety, self-protection? What would it look and feel like if we truly put on an "armor of light"? Hmmm. Lots to consider.
Off to the Mudhouse Coffeeshop in Crozet in a bit to roll these ideas around with some good folks from our congregation. Not a bad way to start the week; not a bad way to begin sermon preparation. My prayers are with all those who have been affected by the hurricane, especially those hardest hit, such as those in my home state of Vermont, where the devastation is extreme.
~The Rev. Peter M. Carey
Romans 13: 8-14
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet"; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, "Love your neighbor as yourself." Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.