My pastor friend, Mark Almlie, posted a Facebook thread that included a great quote from St Ireneaus, “The glory of God is humankind fully alive.”
Throughout James, there is that kind of appeal to the person of faith. That God is waking us to his original calling. It includes a re-unification with our stewardship to the earth, with our own reconciliation of personal identity and to the political enterprise we’ve been given with the rest of humankind.
As I visited Lee J in her hospice bed yesterday, I asked her what was on her mind. She practically called out the verses found in James 5: 7-8, when she stated her anxiety about an inevitable end. She hoped that her patience would pay off. That the faith she had in a loving Lord and her dedication to His precepts would hold up in such a difficult hour.
During our day, we get glimpses that we are in the process of being brought fully alive and that the aging process is like the death of that planted seed. That we are being renewed into a life of promise, abundance and glory. That is faith. “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil 1:6”