Promise and fulfillment

As a child I loved to read the Bible. I traveled vicariously to the Promised Land with the children of Israel, shuddering with awe as they walked through the towering walls of water to safety. No matter how many times I read of the crucifixion of Christ Jesus, tears of anguish would fall. I was moved by the story of Ruth's devotion to her husband's mother. The promises and hope these stories held were glimmerings in my adolescent groping for understanding that would give meaning to my life.

I saw the theme of promise and fulfillment as a leitmotiv running through both the Old and New Testaments. My thought was lifted above mundane surroundings, as I contemplated the glorious provision made by a loving God in freeing the Israelites from bondage and His unfailing guidance during their wilderness experience. I caught occasional glimpses of the possibility of a life without pain or fear or disappointment through the government of this omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient Mind.

One race
July 24, 1978

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