Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Sparkle in the Morning ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Sparkle in the Morning ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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At the start of each week, there's nothing I enjoy more than taking a book of the Bible (in two or three different versions) and exploring it for several early mornings in a row.

If I'm alert enough and receptive enough, the texts sparkle in a new light. They present challenges that are sometimes daunting. But, more often, their promises overwhelm me with a gratitude that invigorates.

National Bible Week in the United States (it's also marked in other parts of the world) begins on Sunday. To launch my week, I've chosen to give special attention to the Letter to the Christians at Ephesus, which is attributed to St. Paul, although some scholars think it may have been written after his death.

I never reach the end of Chapter 1 in the J.B. Phillips translation of Ephesians without being heartened by God's plan, in which "everything that exists in Heaven or earth should find its perfection and fulfilment" in Him. The writer prays that "the all- glorious Father" will bless us with "spiritual wisdom and the insight to know more of him: that [we] may receive that inner illumination of the spirit which will make [us] realise how great is the hope to which he is calling [us] - the magnificence and splendour of the inheritance promised to Christians - and how tremendous is the power available to us who believe in God."

I am reminded of the story of the wife who wished that she and her husband were as rich as their neighbors. The husband assured her: "We are rich. We just don't have a lot of money." That observation has carried me through several difficult times in my life - most recently when, after many years of steady employment, I was downsized and lost my job. I had a substantial mortgage and family commitments still to meet.

Seeking solutions, I studied to know more of God, and to appreciate the completeness of my relation to Him.

It became clear that my spiritual rsum had already been written. I'd always had job security in being God's image. God had it all worked out.

Chapters 2 and 3 of Ephesians speak of the richness of God's mercy and of the great love He has for us. …

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