The month of May is upon us. It will house graduations and celebrations! The school year comes to a close and summer is upon us.
May as a month is special. Should we not take May as a verb in this joy-filled month? “May” expresses possibilities. Our graduates will receive their diplomas, and standing before them are a plethora of possibilities – looking for a job, moving on to trade school or even college! Possibility is also part of our faith walk in Christ Jesus. Paul writes in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Paul’s declaration of faith offers to us daily direction in life!
First, Paul says, Jesus is your foundation! The phrase “through him” turns our attention to Jesus! Paul begins his day with Jesus in his life! He is aware that Jesus is always with him. St. Patrick’s prayer illustrates this truth: Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me and before me. Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore. Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in hearts of all who know me. Christ in mouth of friend and stranger, Christ in quiet and in roar. Paul’s point is, we are never alone for God journeys with us through life!
Secondly, because Christ is with you daily, we can repeat Paul’s prayerful words - “I can do all things through him”. The Possibilities us before are endless! We can love people the way Jesus loves us! We can be gracious and merciful to those in need as Jesus is gracious and merciful to us when we too are in need. Importantly, Jesus forgives us so we can be a new creation in Him. Following His example, we can forgive others, so they can start anew! Each day we wake up being a new creation in Christ! We start anew being a better version of ourselves through Jesus! The world makes us into an old beat up klunker on our last! Not so with our God! Through Jesus, Our Savior, we begin anew and fresh each day with the possibility of being Christlike to those we meet.
Finally, Jesus gives us strength to face the day! Paul says, Jesus “strengthens me”. The world is like bugs on the windshield and butterflies covering the radiator! Soon the bugs and butterflies will be swarming around us. There is not enough windshield fluid in my fluid reservoir to keep my windshield clean. And every few days, you will need to hose down the radiator so the truck does not overheat! The world is like these bugs splattering on our windshields and kamikazeing for our radiator. Like a biker in a bug storm, you are afraid to smile so that a bug does not get stuck between your teeth! The world is our daily bug storm! Jesus is the one who gives us the strength to face it. Jesus is the one who washes away the bug splatter of sin from our soul! We need not fear the world for it is not greater, stronger, or more powerful than our God! Amen!
“The God of peace be with you all. Amen.” (Rom. 15:33)