Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
I believe that the most well-known contemporary religious poem is “Footprints in the Sand.” It resets the reader’s understanding of our relationship with God. Society – both secular and religious – tends to view itself as alone when faced with life’s challenges. We cry out to our Lord, begging Him to help, seemingly asking why we were left alone to deal with the challenges in front of us.
As the poem goes, in our most struggling times, God is carrying us. When we think we’re alone, our Lord God is right there with us, and more importantly, He’s the one doing the heavy lifting.
St. Paul today wants us to see our lives in a similar vein. As we go about our lives, we need to walk it in our faith that confesses Jesus Christ as Savior. It is Jesus who lifts us sinners upon His broad shoulders during our most dramatically painful times because that is what our God does. He is there for us in the good times and bad, ensuring us that He knows what we need and He is there to provide it. Our most important needs are forgiveness and salvation. As our faith tells us, through His sacrifice at the cross, Jesus delivers for us. He wins the war we could never win against our eternal enemies of sin, death, and Satan. Jesus’ victory is our victory.
So as we walk today (or shovel since it snowed here in northern New Jersey), let us not forget the love of God seen through Jesus Christ.