Who can tell how often he offends?
cleanse me from my secret faults.
Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not get dominion over me;
then shall I be whole and sound, and innocent of a great offense.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my strength and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:12-14)
In his letter to the Philippians, Paul writes “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings” (Phil. 3:11).
Paul is in many ways the model for us modern Christians who “want to know Christ.”
Like him, we rely on the testimony of others rather than having met the living Jesus in person.
Like him, we may have an experience of conversion (though perhaps not as dramatic as his Damascus Road experience), and we may have to spend time figuring out what it means and how we should live in response.
In the daily email “Brother, Give Us a Word” from the SSJE community, Br. David Vryhof writes: “Paul lived for God. His new life was born out of a deep desire to love and serve the God who had claimed him as his own.”
How has God claimed you? What do you desire in your relationship with God? What part of your life might need to be made new?
I have come to know Christ better as I spend time in prayer and the reading of Scripture, particularly as I practice the Daily Office. How do you know Christ in your life? Where do you feel his power and share his sufferings?
I have come to know Christ most poignantly and profoundly in recent years through pain and loneliness, not unusual, I think, for a person my age…XXOO
I’m fortunate as to the loneliness, but as my 45th birthday creeps up on me, I have to say I feel like I’m becoming a broke-down wreck!
My colleagues keep looking for chances to get me to Florida, so I hope I can see you soon.
Love you very much!