Every story in the Bible supports a series of common themes. From creation to salvation, God’s love and mercy appear chapter by chapter and book by book. Yet every story is unique. Every situation presents a different challenge. Every person has a special purpose.
The journey to the foot of the cross also has many things in common for every pilgrim. It begins from the same place, follows the same path, takes the same turns, and leads to the same destination. At the same time, each journey is unique. Different pilgrims have different backgrounds and perspectives. Each one of us has a different purpose.
Frederick Lucian Hosmer captured a sense of these common themes and unique purposes in his hymn Forward Through the Ages. Line by line he contrasts eternal goals with present needs. Look for your place in the words that follow.
Forward through the ages, in unbroken line,
move the faithful spirits at the call divine;
gifts in differing measure, hearts of one accord,
manifold the service, one the sure reward.
Take comfort in God’s continuing themes. Take notice from the situations around you. Take action according to your gifts.
Follow the Path!
[Use with Peace in Promise, day 26 of A Labyrinth Pilgrimage]