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The Reason for the World


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On a recent Sunday morning, I sat around a table communing with the Lord and with my parents. I find power in sharing the Lord’s Supper table with my family.  As we took the Lord’s Supper together, I shared with Mom and Dad a song that I recently found that has been instructive and comforting to me. It is a contemporary Christian song written by Matthew West, entitled, The Reason for the World. . My parents have a strong faith and continue to live their life with faithfulness and service to others. They have often told me that “growing old is not for sissies.” I am doing my best to listen and learn, so I can follow their example of courage as they find meaning in the twilight years of their life. As we face transitions and challenges in our lives, the temptation is to ask, “why?” I have fallen into the same trap and come up empty handed trying to find answers to the purpose of the difficult times of life.

There are no words in times like these.

No comfort in the greeting card
‘Cause God is good
But life’s still hard
And your heart just wants a reason for the world

But maybe the reason for the pain
Is so we would pray for strength
And maybe the reason for the strength
Is so that we would not lose hope
And maybe the reason for all hope
Is so that we could face the world
And the reason for the world
Is to make us long for home, home, home,

For God so loved your broken heart
He sent his son to where you are
And he died
To give a reason for the world

So lift your sorrows to the one
Whose plan for you has just begun
And rests here in the hands that hold the world

‘Cause maybe the reason for the pain
Is so we would pray for strength
And maybe the reason for the strength
Is so that we would not lose hope
And maybe the reason for all hope
Is so that we could face the world
And the reason for the world
Is to make us long for home

Well I know your past the point of broken
Surrounded by your fear
I know you’re faint and tired and lonely
From the road that you walked down here
But just keep your eyes on heaven
And know that you are not alone
Remember the reason for the world

No ear has heard
No eye has seen
Not even in your wildest dreams
The beauty that awaits beyond this world
When you look into the eyes of grace
And hear the voice of mercy say
Child, welcome to the reason for the world

Is it possible that the ultimate goal in life is not just to arrive in heaven? Is it possible that God’s purpose through both the joys and sorrows of life is to transform us into the image of Christ? Is it possible that the reason for the world is to prepare us for continual service in God’s reign. When I was younger, I would think of heaven as “eternal rest.” I have to confess that seemed boring to me. One of the greatest blessings that God gives us is a reason for our existence, a purpose for being.  And the reason for the world is to prepare us to serve and glorify our Father for eternity.

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