Sunday, January 10, 2010

First Sunday After Epiphany

Lucy is being Lucy. She is 1) playing "I told you so," and 2) reacting just as we would expect she would to the opportunities presented by a new year (or a new day, or a new experience.) Some of us are like Lucy, just because we can't help ourselves. And worse, some of us enjoy it.
Moreover, good grief, like Charlie Brown, we are all losers; that is, we are all lost.
Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Yet all of us, even though we are like Charlie, have this hope, for the above sentence continues
24: Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26: To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

And Lucy's perspective on life will not change through dint of will, resolution, or magnified effort to "be good." It will be changed by turning to the Author of joy and peace:

Romans 15:13: Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Scripture lesson from the prophets for the First Sunday after Epiphany:
Isaiah 43:1–7. This scripture assures us that God is our constant
Excerpt: 5a: Fear not: for I am with thee


The Pink Birdhouse said...

this post about Lucy reminds me very very much of my sister. She will never learn either! We used to call her Lucy when we were young, cuz she acted that way then, and still does.

vanilla said...

Debby, they say 'it takes all kinds.' Stay on the sunny side!