There is nothing we need more teaching and training in than simply living—living to the glory of God, living for Jesus, living in love and faith and hope, living in patience and gentleness, living sacrificially and hospitably, living with our children and our parents, living with dignity and in joy. And there is no one more accessible and present and skilled at teaching us than Jesus. That’s why we keep coming back… to sit at Jesus’s feet and listen to his Word. We’re learning how to live all the details of our lives in the company of Jesus.
Though severed now from those with whom we could take sweet counsel, we are not alone. We have His promise, at whose command we have come hither, ‘Lo, I am with you alway.’
We are children, perhaps, at the very moment when we know that it is as children that God loves us – not because we have deserved his love and not in spite of our undeserving; not because we try and not because we recognize the futility of our trying; but simply because he has chosen to love us. We are children because he is our father; and all of our efforts, fruitful and fruitless, to do good, to speak truth, to understand, are the efforts of children who, for all their precocity, are children still in that before we loved him, he loved us, as children, through Jesus Christ our Lord.