July 18

Colossians 1:15-20

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created…all things have been created through him and for him.” vss. 15-16a, c

These words from Colossians remind us of the prologue to the gospel of John. They paint a picture of the Christ that challenges our imagination in its breadth and mystery. Here we are reminded that in the beginning the fullness of God was poured into creation through the Christ, the one who later took on human form in Jesus of Nazareth. That means that all things material and spiritual contain the very presence of God. There is nowhere where God is not! For some that may be a scary thought, but for most it will bring great comfort. Think of it! We are never alone…the ever-loving God in whose image we are created continues to sustain and support our every breath and heartbeat. And more than that, every bird and butterfly, every maple and pine, every drop of rain and flake of snow is a sign of God’s presence. As we begin to take such knowledge to heart life itself becomes an exercise in holiness where every word and act has sacramental implications. To live with such a sacred consciousness brings amazing depth to our days and a new appreciation for every single moment. And best of all, when our eyes are opened to God’s presence in all things, boredom is replaced by excitement and our spirits sing for joy.

Thought for the Day: How do I deal with boredom?

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