|The need to connect with God's energy|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Religion Editor|
|Friday, 05 October 2012 07:21|
(Editor's note: This will be the concluding chapter in the "Life With God's Energy" series.)
Throughout this series there has been a focus on a variety of aspects of God's energy. From one's birth to end of life matters, from God's gifts to us such as our senses, each topic somehow spoke of our connection with the One who created us.
The key word being connect. We are united with God.
The word communion, which is used in most Christian churches, has many meanings, including being in fellowship or sharing of thoughts or emotions or an intimate communication with God.
Holy Communion, or the celebration of Eucharist is the reception of bread and wine as Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper. At that meal, Jesus took bread and told those gathered with him, "This is my body given for you." (Luke 22:19) He similarly called the wine his blood.
Thus receiving Communion is to be connected with Jesus.
"I am the vine, you are the branches: He that stays in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)
We have to stay connected to the vine while we reach out and extend ourselves in daily life.
For our growth, we require sunlight, rainfall and nourishment. We receive much of what we need through that vine. We thrive despite adverse conditions as long as we are connected.
Many Christian churches this week celebrate World Communion Sunday. Thus the churches make an effort to stay connected to one another as they are united with God.
God's energy feeds us.
It is vital for us to be aware how we live our lives as part of and surrounded by that energy.
Life is only worth living if there is value in that life. What is of value is determined individually. What is cherished by one person, is not the same as what is important to their neighbors or other family members. Despite our differences, people of God should always focus on positive virtues. The diversity is what unites us as children of God.
Many know the story about "the dash." The dash is the story of your life. That little mark on a gravestone between your year of birth and the year of death. Despite its small size, the dash is the most important aspect of one's life. A small dash can never tell the full story of what happened from your first breath through your last.
If you are reading this, there is still plenty of time to fill your dash with lots of love, lots of laughter and lots of enthusiasm.
Enthusiasm is an appropriate word as it's roots combine the word En for in with Theos, Greek for God. Enthusiasm is thus, in God. That is how each life should be filled. It should be filled with enthusiasm, translated with love and laughter in God.
A country song, "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away," released early in 2011 by Justin Moore, addresses reuniting with those departed.
It mentions the songwriter's desire in loading up the car to visit those in heaven. The singer laments not being able to take the family to visit his late loved ones.
Perhaps heaven is really not that far away - maybe only our humanity keeps us from associating more closely with those who have crossed that mortal divide.
When we carry those departed with us in our hearts, our minds and our souls, they are with us. When we tell their story to our friends and family, we keep them alive in much the same way the disciples and early followers of Jesus shared his stories.
Those stories appear in the Bible and are the foundation of the Christian faith.
Life, all life, springs forth from God, and God is all light, love and life for us.
The total glory and power of God is beyond human conception. However, that glory is revealed through the actions of people. Our enthusiasm and our use of God's energy and power makes a difference.
We must live our lives in ways that illuminate and fill every dash. As we fill our dashes we can also fill the dashes of those we meet with the light and love of the Lord.
Your life might be the first and perhaps greatest witness of God to someone else. There is great power in that.
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