And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:17-21 (NIV)
Every month of 2020, we will feature the Love Over All theme verse on the first Sunday of the month. We love everything about Love Over All (read more about it here) and can’t wait to share these amazing verses and ways to live them out with you!
June’s theme is Love Dreams.
In an uncertain world, we’re constantly in survival mode. The worries of everyday living swirl in our minds: Will I have a job tomorrow? Will my family be able to get through on bare minimum? How can I make sure my kids feel safe when nothing feels safe? What should I make for dinner with what I’ve got in the fridge?
The urgency of the ordinary takes up the majority of our thoughts and our energy, and dreaming becomes a far off ideal that’s not feasible for times like these.
And yet, perhaps it’s exactly in these days that we need to tap back into our imaginations and dream of new ways to move forward as a community, as a nation, and as the Church.
God had a vision and a dream for His people since the beginning when everything fell apart in the Garden of Eden. Through slavery and exile and the crucifixion of His Son, God’s dream of redemption continued to be woven into those dark times. His promises echoed through history that He would come and deliver, that He would send a Messiah, and that all would be made well and right again one day.
This is still His dream for us and this world.
So even in the midst of the mundane, the injustice, and the constant survival mode we might find ourselves in, let’s still ask Him, “What are you up to, God?” Let’s listen and pay attention to how He’s moving, where the work of redemption is happening, and join Him in it.
Our dreams for the future may look different, but we can ask Him to do immeasurably more than we can imagine.
Your love is deeper and wider than we can fathom, and because of Your love, we know You ache for the pain and loss of the world right now. Keep us rooted and remind us that You are still the God of the universe. You can do more than we could ever ask or imagine, and You desire for us to join You in the work of redeeming all things. Give us the imagination to dream with You when we can’t even see beyond the next day. In Your name, amen.
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