Living as a Christian. The tension of the “everyday” and the hope of the “eternal”.

About a decade ago a “perfect storm” of professional issues and at the same time potentially life changing health matters presented themselves.

Causing myself and family some very real challenges and anxiety.

Nothing unusual in that.

Each and every one of us across our life span encounters seasons of change and discomfort. Loss indeed.

And it was during this period of real anxiety as to my physical health in particular, I came across N.T.Wright’s classic book on Christ’s death and resurrection and the “world to come” you might say; in his work “Surprised by Hope”.

Here’s some of his teaching on life, death and resurrection.

Which connects the “everyday” and the “eternal” and brings real hope.

As I found then.

And still do.

“The point of the resurrection…is that the present bodily life is not valueless just because it will die…What you do with your body in the present matters because God has a great future in store for it…What you do in the present—by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself—will last into God’s future. These activities are not simply ways of making the present life a little less beastly, a little more bearable, until the day when we leave it behind altogether (as the hymn so mistakenly puts it…). They are part of what we may call building for God’s kingdom.”

For those facing unknowable change, wondering if their “everyday” counts anymore, can be (in some cases) endured anymore,

the answer of faith, is, somehow yes.

For those feeling forgotten or overlooked, wondering if their “everyday” counts anymore,

the answer of faith is, somehow, always, yes.

The everyday,

the endurance sometimes,

your story, energy, activity, passion, questions,

somehow in God’s great “levelling up” to come

eternally matters.

So. Keep the faith. In yourself and the One who calls you by name.

You are today, in your everyday, part of the eternal to come.

Thanks be to God. Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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