On Earth

Re:Verse passage – Matthew 6:9-15 (day seven)

Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.

 This week has been a roller coaster of emotions for me. On Wednesday, I officiated the funeral of a 23 year old who passed away unexpectedly. On Saturday, I officiated the wedding of a former student to a former intern. In the words of the Preacher from Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4, “There is an appointed time for everything […] a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” The difficulty in this correlation is that both of the aforementioned events were appointed. Both were a part of God’s will on earth. It’s easy to see how the joyous marriage of two young Christ followers fits into this plan, but how can we fit an unexpected death into this? Surely this isn’t what He meant by His “will be done” right? The prayer that Jesus asks us to pray is not for us to change the will of God. Rather, it is an invitation for us to  participate with Him to see the goodness in His will. Whether it be dancing or mourning, God is good, all the time!

Author: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson is the Associate Pastor for Students.

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