December 20, 2020

I Am the Way

Today I embark on a 22-day* journey meditating on the longest chapter in the Bible. And so I will begin with the first verse:

Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.
☩ Ps 119:1
As a human being, I am far from blameless. But The Way I follow is, by definition, perfect, for it was Jesus who said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life." It is Jesus who fulfilled the law of God, and it is through Jesus that I approach God, for he also said, "No one comes to the Father except through me."

Though I'm sure I have baptized this verse more than good scholarship would allow, it is through the lens of Christ that I approach all religion. I am happy that he is both my example when I explore God's paths, and my savior when I wander away from them.

Thank you, God, for your law, and for your people who put it into practice. But thank you most of all for Jesus whose fulfillment of what you intended for humanity was completed in his death on the cross. May I follow his path of love and sacrifice, and may I never fail to admit when I have failed, that I may, by your grace, return to the way, the truth, and the life, for it is in his Name I pray as he taught me: Our Father...

*This may, in fact, not be the case this time around. Starting January 1, I plan to start a new discipline using, instead of the psalms, the Moravian Daily Texts.