I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, [God the Father] may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and
to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:16-19

A Christian’s life in faith is multi-directional. In this lyrical passage from Ephesians, we learn of these directions. We read that we are ultimately heading towards the great fulfillment when we will be one with God and God will be one will all things. But it is also one where the inner being is strengthening. As we know, when things grow stronger, they are normally growing outward (a tree limb is stronger than a single branch). And then, there is the aspect where faith roots and grounds life. While it is going down, a tree with deep roots is better able to grow taller. Such is some of the beautiful imagery that bursts forth from this excerpt from Ephesians.

There are many ways God causes growth in these multiple directions. Regular reading of Scripture and regular prayer are two big ones. But one that cannot be overstated is receiving Holy Eucharist (aka, The Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion). The bread and the wine in Holy Communion is the fullness of God. It is the gift of life that is the bread of heaven. It is one of the tangible ways God displays the vastness of love Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have for you.

God continue to be with you,
Yours in Christ, Pastor Paul+