Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

September 6, 2011

Sarah Griger

Sophomore, Accounting and Business Management Double Major

Col 2:6-15
Ps 145:1b-2, 8-9, 10-11
Lk 6:12-19

As autumn approaches I begin to realize just how much I love this season. (I feel this way at the start of each season—I love them all equally.) Autumn has such vibrant and wonderful colors. In Nebraska, we have so many different kinds of trees all around us, so we will get to see God’s great creation in a glorious display of colors. To me, today’s passages all tie together under one theme: the greatness of our Lord.

In Colossians, Paul is writing to the people of Colosse to encourage them to keep the faith and to remind them of the greatness of Christ. In this passage, he is reminding the people of the “awesomeness” of what happened at the cross. The people needed to be reminded of the sacrifice made for them so that they would remember why they should be baptized and why they should “continue to live in him” (verse 6). He is reminding them of how great and holy Jesus Christ is.

The passage from Psalms is one of praise written by David. It is uplifting and I feel that David must have been overflowing with joy when he wrote, just by the tone of the psalm. He talks about how God is not only powerful and mighty but also “gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love” (verse 8). God loves us so much that he forgives us when we make mistakes and takes us back when we turn away from him. Today we also know that he sent his son to die for us—that is how much he loves us. But this passage was written years before Jesus’ birth and David still knows that our God is a loving and caring god.

The passage from Luke is rather short, and is really only the beginning of one of Jesus’ many “sermons,” but even though it is not the focus of this chapter, we still see how Jesus was working miracles and curing people through the awesome power given to him by his Father. Other people knew this too—how great Christ was—because even though he was only beginning his ministry here on earth, he already had a large crowd of people who were following him everywhere he went.

These passages remind me of just how awesome and great our God is. But we don’t have to be part of the early church receiving a letter from Paul, King David in his earthly splendor, or even the people who were actually with Jesus while he was here on earth, to see God’s greatness. We can see it in everything around us—for example, in the majestic beauty of autumn. So, let us go out today and look for the greatness of God in everything in our world—it won’t be long before we have lost track of all the amazing and wonderful things our great and loving God has given to us.

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