Monday, January 24, 2011

The First Letter of Saint Peter

1 Peter 1:3-9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Without having seen him, you love him; though you do not now see him you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy.  As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls.  

Tonight at Biblical School this verse made me cry.  Granted, I do not feel well, and I am a bit overwrought about several things, but this is just too beautiful.  

There is an inheritance in heaven just for me!  It is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.  No one will spend it before I get it.  It won't be left to a step-mother who will not acknowledge me in her will.  It is mine.  It is from my heavenly father who is true to his word.  He is faithful even when I am not.  He loves me, he knows me, he has a purpose for me.  He wants me.  He does not think I am a pain in the neck.  He never tires of hearing from me.   

He is always and forever.  

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.  -- John 1:1-3


  1. I hope you are feeling better today. I always enjoy taking a few moments and reading your latest post plus subsequent comments. It's a good thing He doesn't think we're a pain in the neck (which I have today). Too bad that's not true of others. My endodontist wrote PITA across my chart- laughing, he told me that "neck" was nowhere in that acronym--pain in the . . . He's right, I'm a chicken when it comes to dentists and the like! Have a wonderful day. Until your head is better, take a break and move away from any drama that tries to sneak into your life.

  2. this explains the hope we find in our everyday lives, amidst all the awful things that occur... St Paul surely wrote some beautiful letters that give me hope.