Web Site Article for March 2020
That Special Time
It is March and we all know what special holiday is in March. That’s right; March 6th is National Oreo Cookie Day. What, you thought because I am Irish, I would automatically say St Patrick’s Day? See how easy it is to assume something on what we think we know about a person. For instance I might mention I am also German so one might think I like sauerkraut. I don’t (ok, so I do like the cold sweet stuff but that is not what most people think of).
What we often forget, though we habitually say we believe and affirm, is that we are individuals and individually created by God. True, we have connections of family, genetics, heritage, etc. But God made us greater than the sum of our parts. We celebrate those parts of our life that connect us to others as seen by our going to high school and college reunions and celebrating the holidays of our cultural heritage, etc. Yet, we need to see our uniqueness before God.
Look at it this way. I once heard Mark Lowery describe creation without God’s guidance like taking apart a wonderful watch and placing the parts in a bag. Then shaking that bag for millions of years and then at the end of that time expecting to find a complete working watch in the bag. So imagine that all the parts that make up you are arranged and placed in order by God Himself, in His image and He instills in you the power of life itself and gives a purpose and hope for you made for you individually.
In short, you are God’s handiwork, His masterpiece. It is not hyperbole when Scripture says that we are wonderfully and fearfully made.
Your servant and brother,
Jim Vogt Cornerstone Chaplain