God's 20/20 Vision
A twentieth century proverb tells us that hindsight is 20/20, meaning that it’s always easy to envision something after it has already occurred. God’s vision, however, is not limited to mere hindsight, for His vision of the past, the present and the future is always 20/20. What’s more, God’s vision concerning His own (those who belong to Him now and those who will belong to Him in the future) is always crystal clear. God envisions how and when His own will be brought to faith, and how they will be kept in that faith till he comes to call them home. God also envisions how the certain hope that they have in His Son, Jesus Christ, literally changes their lives, both now and in eternity. And finally, God envisions how the love of Christ burns in their hearts, moving them to reach out to others, wherever they may be, so that everyone who belongs to God is brought into His family.
In his first letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul speaks of the spiritual gifts that God bestows upon the body of Christ, to nurture, bless and grow the Church. And, at the end of chapter 13, Paul highlights three of these gifts of the Spirit, which play a prominent role in the building up of His Church. He writes, “And now these three things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Two years ago, we began a 3-year countdown to the year 2020, using these three gifts of the Spirit (faith, hope and love), to help us stay focused in carrying out the work that He sets before us — reaching out to the institutionalized — so that God’s vision for His Church is at the heart of all that we do together. Many of the stories we shared with you over the last two years highlighted the spiritual blessings of faith and hope, which God continues to bestow upon His Church through your partnership with us in this ministry. This year, we will be sharing some stories with you that highlight the last of these gifts of the Spirit — love. May the LORD continue to pour out His blessings upon His Church through the work that we carry out together.
Chaplain Joseph Radsek