Almighty God: Father, Son, Holy Spirit — Before all time, you are the God of faith, hope and love. I read the words of your apostle, “…now abide, faith, hope, love, these three…” (1 Corinthians 13). These qualities abide, these last, these are woven into your nature. You invite me to know you, cling to you and serve you in the eternal reality and sustainability of all that you are and all you would have me be.
I so often lose my way and wander and struggle and grieve and labor in futility because I forget who you are. Your servant Jeremiah lamented over the destruction of his city, Jerusalem. Yet he was sustained by you and in the midst of devastation he affirmed: “…I have hope. The Lord’s loving kindness indeed never cease, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning: Great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion… therefore I have hope in him.” (Lamentations 3)
Because of who you are, faith, hope and love that find their home in you are never futile or misplaced. Even in those moments and seasons of loss, struggle and uncertainty, you remain the God of great faithfulness, great love and great hope.
You speak to me and encourage me to “work in faith…labor in love…be steadfast in hope.” (1 Thessalonians 1). What a difference this orientation makes in my ‘today’ — the mundane tasks, the special opportunities, the times of prayer and planning and professional life, the unexpected events, the friendship and service and time I am called to offer another. Because of you, work, labor and steadfastness take on meaning and eternal significance. Without you they simply grind away, day after day.
You “justify” me and make me right with you by faith in your son, Jesus Christ. You give me hope that does not disappoint because you have “poured out” your love upon and within me by your holy spirit. (Romans 5)
Your apostles proclaim without hesitation nor equivocation: “Faithful is he who calls you, and he also will bring it to pass…Now may the god of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit… God is love.” (1 Thessalonians 5, Romans 15, 1 John 4).
Son in the tempest, turmoil and transiency of this time and this age, help me to walk humbly and confidently with you in faith, hope and love certain that you will never change and certain of your all sufficiency — God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Gary Kopsa is a chaplain with Volunteers of America Northern Rockies.