September 18 Edevotional
I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:18-19
We are reading the letter written to the church in Ephesus for our Together series this month. The letter-writer–Paul or one of Paul’s students–is reminding the church of their identity, their power, their calling as they come together. The author is urging them to stir up that power, to comprehend the depth of love that is able to be embodied in them, a love that is able to break down any walls of hostility, a love that passes our head knowledge and fills the entire body with the spirit of God.
It’s that love that keeps us going, keeps us struggling and fighting being the church together. The fullness of the love of God cannot be experienced on my own, individually, between me and God. It can only be found together. That is the mystery of it. God’s plan is for the community to be as one, United. No one can say to another, “I have no need of you.” In fact, the weakest, most vulnerable person is the most needed in the community!
I read a quote from Gandhi this morning in the daily newsletter from Fr. Richard Rohr at the Center for Action and Contemplation: “This is Gandhi’s ultimate message for us, and no sentence of his is more significant than when he says—and remember, this is a man who never let even a word stand if he did not know it to be true from his own experience—“I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.”
I would add that cultivating the fullness of this love happens in community. The breadth and length, the height and depth of love is only fully known in coming and being together.
Pastor Sherrie Lowly