Well, here we are. At the end of a month of prayer and fasting together as a church. Maybe you've been groaning and waiting for December 1st to come, or maybe you've experienced new freedoms and new ways of looking at others in the community through a heart and mind pared down and focussed by newfound devotion.
The two texts from Romans and Corinthians are rife with metaphor and juicy with meaning - so take some time today to soak yourself in the words of freedom, of connection, of redemption, and of hope that we find in these passages.
Take some time also to reflect back on your month - no matter how you spent it, remember that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom and not condemnation. Whether you took one small step on your journey of faith or many, heard a whisper or a roar, felt a glimmer of vision or were awash in revelation, remember this:
"If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare is own Son, but gave him up for us all - how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" (Romans 8:32)
The Lord is near, and although we are concluding a formal season of prayer, scripture reading and fasting together, this is not an ending, but rather, a beginning:
"Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently." (Romans 8:25)
Let us, as a community, wait patiently and boldly now, not for another program or a five-year plan, but nothing less than the freedom of the Spirit to walk forward together:
"But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away...And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory..." (2 Corinthians 3: 16-18).
- Sarah Kift