Monday 11 March

17Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18In fulfilment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

All life is “gift”.

I do not make my heart beat. I am powerless to control the flow of blood through the veins in my body. I keep my lungs expanding and contracting as I breathe by an act of my will. As long as I am healthy, it all just happens. Some mysterious unseeable “force” causes these natural processes to take place in my body.

Like the “force” of gravity, I can rely upon this power. The power of life is, in my experience so far, completely trustworthy. It has never let me down or betrayed my confidence. It is there each morning when I awake; it sustains me throughout the day. My experience suggests that it makes sense to trust this force of life that in Christian tradition we call “God” and believe we see fully embodied in the person of Jesus.

This “force” is constant; in it “there is no variation or shadow due to change.” When I trust this “force” I become “fruit.” I manifest the nature of this force in my life, not through determination, self-discipline, or will, but through the natural process “coming down from the Father of lights” who is sent “from above” to dwell within my life, empowering me to become more fully the person I was created to be.

I am not the source of the air that I breathe, the food that nourishes my body, or the water that sustains my life. Nor am I the source of the generosity, light and truth that flow in my life when I open to the “purpose” of the One Who brought me into being.

This journey I am on is not a self-improvement project. It is a re-creation project. The power to enable me to become more deeply and fully the being I was created to be is always present, always circulating, always bringing to birth. The only question is how surrendered to this power I am willing to be.