I need to be not only justified by faith, but know that hope is realized through it as well…

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Gift:  Piety (Reverence)– With the gift of reverence, sometimes called piety, we have a deep sense of respect for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love.

Reading:  1 Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence 2 of things not seen.  (Hebrews 11:1)

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited and brought redemption to his people.  (Luke 1:68)  This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:  to set us free from the bonds of our enemies, free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.  (Luke 1 :73-75)

Observation: The first reading for today begins a few pages of scripture that are explained in the footnotes as ranking among the most eloquent and lofty to be found in the bible.  For me, it is the realization that it is not just justification that comes from faith, but also hope that comes from it.   The evidence or proof of faith, although not always present in my life, is definitely present in the history of God’s chosen people.

Personification:  Joy  I chose an easy fruit to display today.  Since we are headed to a Christian Music Concert in Portland today, it should be like taking candy from a baby to try to display the fruit of joy today.  Maybe, it would make more sense for me to use this exercise to recognize the fruit that I will be displaying, and not try to focus on something that could be difficult.  I will see what happens with my next post, and decide then.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to display the fruit of joy today that comes from the knowledge that through faith there is hope in a future with you.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

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