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Topic: CLEAR AS MUD (07/18/19)
- TITLE: Through a glass, darkly
By Elaine Hemingway
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Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
Someone I had cared about very deeply and for whom I had prayed, died. I went to the funeral service where the widow shared some encouraging news that in his Bible which he had recently started to study, she found the words of Corinthians 13:8-12 underlined. I was so encouraged and couldn’t wait to share the news with our intercessory prayer cell. He had sought light.
We were a motley group. A collection of mis-fits who wanted to know the Truth. I was disappointed because I had been refused Baptism as a believer, having been told I had been ‘baptised/christened as a baby and there was no further need. Considering that I didn’t know or had ever met the god-parents who had made promises on my behalf, this was not an acceptable answer. I wanted to make my own confession of faith and ask the Lord to take over in my life. I wanted to learn more.
One had been told to leave the understanding of the Bible to her instructor. Another had been ex-communicated because of her divorce – times were different back then. We got together to study for ourselves and developed into an intercessory prayer group – which, like Topsy, grew.
Starting our meetings with Bible Study and sharing our confidences with each other as we committed them to our Lord we made a pact that all we prayed about was between ourselves and God. Confidentiality was essential, Answered prayer was celebrated. Many of those we prayed for were confused, unbelievers, doubters, disobedient sinners, looking to other gods of sport, sex, addiction and other temptations. So many people who were unaware of the truth and for whom Scripture was a mystery.
Each of us had a tale to tell, a testimony to the days when the gospel made no sense, when we had not had the benefit of the Holy Spirit to guide and teach, before we realised that with all of the world’s wrongs around us, although we saw through a glass darkly, we had the Truth in us. We watched people come from darkness to light and proclaim their Freedom in His glorious might. We learnt to love our neighbour, we grew in our faith and welcomed other searchers into our group.
All praise to the One who is Light of the world.
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