Today's reading: II Corinthians 1-3
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in everyplace the fragrance that comes from knowing him. 2 Cor. 2:14 NRSV
Lost your job?
In the midst of a divorce?
Just found out you have cancer?
Someone very close to you passed away recently?
Doesn't feel like you are being led in a triumphal procession, does it?
In fact, difficulties of any kind, whether I mentioned them or not, make us feel pretty much as though we are being led to the executioner. We don't feel like winners. Whiners maybe. There is no victory in life when bad or tragic things happen in our lives.
Yet, Paul is reminding the church at Corinth and himself that, even though things don't go as planned in our lives, Christ is still in charge. Not only that, but Christ is the ultimate victor. By following Christ, we are on the winning team. And through us others come to know this triumph over death and joy of life in Christ.
You may not feel like it today, but please know that you are in the triumphant procession. You are the fragrance of Christ the Victor to everyone you meet.
God, sometimes it feels like we are real losers. But in Christ we are ultimate winners. Lift us from our depression and help us to see. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims