Friday, June 16, 2006

Another year, another...

... birthday. 28 today. Am I really that old??

On a related note, I will be taking a little blogging break for a while. Lots of things coming up -- our wedding, our move, job transfer, etc, etc...

Anyway, for now, so long, and thanks for all the fish!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Mystery of His Will

to sum up all things in Christ...

From the letter of St. Paul to the Church of Ephesus (1:3-14):
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before him.
In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
in accord with the favor of his will,
for the praise of the glory of his grace
that he granted us in the beloved.
In him we have redemption by his blood,
the forgiveness of transgressions,
in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.
In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us
the mystery of his will in accord with his favor
that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times,
to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.

In him we were also chosen,
destined in accord with the purpose of the One
who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,
so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,
we who first hoped in Christ.
In him you also, who have heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him,
were sealed with the promised holy Spirit,
which is the first installment of our inheritance
toward redemption as God's possession, to the praise of his glory.
Just in case you needed a reminder...


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