Friday, October 31, 2008

at the foot of the cross

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
In his great mercy he has given us new birth
into a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
and into an inheritance
that can never perish, spoil or fade -
kept in heaven for you,
who through faith are shielded by God's power
until the coming of the salvation
that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this you greatly rejoice,
though now for a little while
you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trial.
These have come so that your faith-
of greater worth than gold,
which perishes even though refined by fire-
may be proved genuine and may result in
praise, glory and honor
when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Though you have not seen him,
you love him;
and even though you do not see him now,
you believe in him
and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
for you are receiving the goal of your faith,
the salvation of your souls.
I Peter 1:3-9*
*Scripture reading from anita's funeral service.

everyday gift: living hope

1 comment:

Amy said...

Amen. Heaven opened its arms and welcomed in a good and faithful servant. I know she will be missed but she left such blessings in her wake!