Today as I write, for some reason, I feel excited, motivated, and joyous. It brings to mind a favorite quote of mine from the Bible. “This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24.
Just for the moment, I’d like to take the month of January and February and intermingle the two together. January brings to mind the start of the new year, a new beginning, or the feeling of being refreshed about something in our life.
We first must understand, God is our creator. There is no other than he who brought human life into this world. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” Jeremiah 1:5.
Most of us think of the birth of a child as a miracle of birth. As mother’s or fathers of a child being born, we all recognize the sound of that first cry and the joy that comes within that moment. We might understand all the technical and clinical aspects of birth, but none of us really understands the mystery of the “gift of life,” the miracle that God simply gives us life through birth.
Not one of us asked to be born, nor did our parents. But God knew us before we were born. It is evident, he is our creator.
Now, let’s add the month of February. February brings to mind the thought of loving someone or someone loving us. Love is an outstretched word. It’s hard to define; it has to be experienced. We all love something or somebody that touches our heart in a way that we find love for that person.
I sometimes write these words to people I love for what they are or what they do, “Thank you _ for being all of what God created you to be.” Why do I write those words? Because God “loved” us into existence.
Think about it. God wanted us to be. What a reason to celebrate our lives and be appreciative to those who share God’s words with others, as well. His love made us, and keeps us going every day.
God doesn’t stop there, he extends his love one step further. “I rejoiced the day you were baptized to see your life unfold.” Baptism is that promise in which God gives us the gift of spiritual “life.” Jesus replied: “I solemnly assure you, no one can enter into God’s kingdom without being begotten of water and Spirit.” John 3:5-7.
A young parishioner once asked a famous old clergyman what he thought was the greatest and best day of his long life. Without hesitation, the clergyman said, “The day I was baptized.” Then he went on to explain that he was born into the natural world on earth, but on his baptismal day, he was born into the kingdom of God. Through baptism, God makes us a new spiritual being and an heir to the Father’s estate in heaven.
God first brings us into the world, and then he loves us unconditionally, just like January and February are intermingled together. May we also grow in understanding, truth, and his wonderful grace.