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For the rest of her life, Hildegard inscribed her experiences in texts such as Scivias, “know the way,” and De operatione Dei, “the book of divine works.” Hildegard’s multifaceted spirituality speaks to twenty-first-century seekers in her affirmation of God’s intimate and enlivening presence in our lives and the world. God is at work in our lives, bringing us to the time when we will joyfully pray to God, “My life does not belong to me. My life belongs to God. By creation and redemption my life belongs to God.” (See Philippians ) We know that God is at work transforming our lives to become like Christ. In , I gave a talk in Williamsburg, Virginia on the founding of America called “This Hallowed Ground.” Little did I know that twenty-two years later, Charlotte Cushman’s book, Your Life Belongs to You, would be a result. When I first heard about this book I was extremely skeptical/5(18). When the time is right, joy will come again – because from all the saving acts of God in the past, we know that in life, and in death, we belong to God. Those who go out weeping, the Psalmist declares, shall come home with shouts of joy. This is true for each one of us, and it is true for a whole nation – in the Bible it was ancient Israel.
“Then I passed by you and saw you, and behold, you were at the time for love; so I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness. I also swore to you and entered into a covenant with you so that you became Mine,” declares the Lord God. 16 LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. David recognized that all of the wealth and abundance of the Israelite were gifts from God, and out of . Everything belongs to God because God made everything (John ). Our names may be on a title or deed, but our ownership is only a temporary arrangement. In the grand scheme of things, we’re only responsible for our belongings while we’re living on earth. The prophet Daniel told the Babylonian King Belshazzar that God holds our very life and breath in His hands. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in His hand your life .
We know from personal experience that Jim Andrews clearly belonged to God during his remarkable life and ministry and that he belongs to God in a new way now that his life on this earth is over. We too belong to God, and God’s love is powerful enough even to fill our hearts with gratitude and hope in the midst of our grief. Everything belongs to God. All that we have been given is to build God’s kingdom. You know in what that kingdom consists. We hear it in God’s word regularly: caring for the poor and vulnerable, protecting life, protecting the planet, promoting peace and justice, reaching out in reconciliation. This is God’s kingdom, and we are stewards of. The Big Idea: The truest thing about me is what God says! God says that I belong to Him. He has invited me into an intimate relationship. Today, we are going to look at three more things that are true of you in Christ, and all three of them are relational. God says that you are His child, His friend, and His bride. You belong to God. COVID Resources. Reliable information about the coronavirus (COVID) is available from the World Health Organization (current situation, international travel).Numerous and frequently-updated resource results are available from this ’s WebJunction has pulled together information and resources to assist library staff as they consider how to handle coronavirus.