Returning to the Source - Sunday's Dose - January 3rd 2013

Sunday's Dose - January 3rd 2013 

Returning to the Source

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.- Genesis 3:19.

Every forest preserve presents life at various stages. Young trees emerge between tall, older ones. Trees that have died fall to the ground. The rain and soil turn dead trees into breeding grounds for new plants, insects, and animal families. You might see a deer or even a deer skull in some degree of decay.Everything God creates goes back to the soil, and nurtures it so new life can grow strong from it.

Originally, God commanded the man to toil for him in his garden, serving God alone. When the man chose to wander from that command, God provided a new thing to serve, the earth and all things in it. In doing so, God made it less likely that man would listen to voices luring him to sin against God, because man would be serving the ground he came from just to survive.

Serving the ground we come from is a metaphor for serving God who gave us the breath of life. The ground requires ongoing attention, weeding and fertilizing.It's messy work. God, on the other hand, requires ongoing attention, worshiping and talking to. It's life-giving work.

Just as our body comes from the soil, our body dies to the soil and gives life to others coming after us. Just as our soul comes from God, our soul dies to God. Yet, through Christ who is the Son of God, our soul lives eternally.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, Each of your decrees is perfect, O Lord. You are magnificent. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Sunday and God Bless you.