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Monday, November 4, 2013

Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop

“Brothers and sisters: The gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:29)

This would be one of those "living and active" Word of God moments for me. How many times have I likely heard this passage in nearly six decades of life? An embarrassingly significant number of times to be sure, but reading them today was like the very first time.

I recently wrote (painted, you might think) an icon, another first for me. Our instructor was a Russian man, and each day included quite a bit of theological lecture. One day he mused at length over the phenomenon that I am describing - this feeling that a scripture passage is entirely new. He said one reason this happens is not that the context of the scripture changes, but the context of our lives does.

Certainly that is why this scripture strikes me today. When I was in my teens, I thought I knew my gifts and my calling. As life unfolded, it wasn't that I was wrong, but God has utilized my gifts in so many ways I never imagined, and given me callings within callings within callings. At every turn my understanding of what my gifts are and my sense of God's call has been enriched. And, as Paul writes, the gifts and call have never been revoked, only transformed.

God, give us hearts that are grateful

for the ever new ways that You invite us deeper into life with You. Amen.

Clare Willrodt
Marketing and Public Relations Associate, Avera

ROMANS 11:29-36 ● PSALM 69:30-31, 33-34, 36 ● LUKE 14:12-14

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