In A Box

Monday, May 22, 2023
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One of my favourite chapters in the Bible is the thirteenth of Paul's first letter to the church at Corinth, in which he teaches about the three basics of faith, hope, and love. It especially details aspects of love. Accordingly, it is often part of wedding ceremonies. But placed just before the summary is the profound teaching of the twelfth verse:

1 Corinthians 13:12 – For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (KJV)

I was recently reminded of this verse with the passing of a fellow resident.

When Dr. Ben moved into our residence a number of years ago, he was assigned to sit at the same table where I sat, so I got to know him reasonably well. He had recently sold his dental practice and was an avid follower of the local Toronto basketball team. He was also fond of a lovely new car that he had just purchased.

He had two sons — one in New York and one in California — both of whom I was privileged to meet over the years. Undoubtedly, however, his greatest joy was his grandson in California whom he had never met in person. Over the months, I would overhear telephone conversations between Ben and his grandson.

Then one day, his son brought the grandson to visit in person. I was fortunate to be present when the two met for the first time ever. As expected, the grandfather was thrilled to see his grandson for the first time.

The real surprise, however, was his grandson's response.

The young child was shocked to see his grandfather alive in person. He thought that his grandfather lived IN A BOX. He had seen his grandpa only in the device held by his parents when conversing with Ben. It was a pleasant surprise when he found that he was able to speak to, touch, and feel a live person and not just an image in a box!

Perhaps, like me, you sometimes long for the time when you can see the triune Godhead in person and not, as it were, in a box. Fortunately, the "box" that we have as a guide is the Bible, and chapters like 1 Corinthians 13 show us how to live.

Dr. Kenneth Wuest, in his expanded translation of the New Testament published in 1961, writes about our seeing as children through a clouded mirror, then concludes, "but then I shall fully know even as also I was known".

Even as we continue to struggle with only a partial knowledge of God and our inability to understand all that we daily face, may we have faith and hope to believe in the future that is promised for us. May we do our best to share love with others, even when we sometimes mistakenly feel that God is in a box!

Prayer: Dear Father, we are grateful that You have shared Your Word with us. Help us to exercise faith, hope, and most importantly, love with others. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank-you Vincent.

    Thanks for the good reminder, Vince.

    Thank you, Vincent, for this encouragement.

    Great post and analogy, Vincent. Thanks and God bless!

    Faith, Hope, and Love is not in a box – living and acting God’s word.

    A wonderful message! I always enjoy and learn from your devotionals.

    Good afternoon Vince.
    Another good one.
    God bless.

    What a great story and what a good job of relating the grandson’s story to the scripture. Thank you, Vincent.

    Thank you for another of your special devotionals Vince. Yes, the words faith, hope, and love are powerful words to take to heart and follow daily. Blessings for your writings.

    Dear Vincent,
    I enjoy your devotionals so much .. inspiring and always a relatable story attached.

    Mr Walter,
    Thank you for sharing all your brilliant life experiences with us! I truly appreciate them.
    Stay safe and be well.

    I’m still watching you’re writing now. I’m now 88 and walking in a walker as I slipped on a curb on leaves and damaged all right side of body. Walking fairly well. Glad you’re still writing.

    Oh Vincent, how precious this devotional is! I believe it was J.B. Phillips who wrote that we Christians tend to place our amazing God in “a box” due to our limited ability to comprehend just now “wide, deep, and high” is God’s loving Presence. Thanks for sharing and writing.

    Thank you for the encouragement.
    I know that I will see my beloved son who was Promoted to Glory many weeks ago.
    But there are times when tears flow and heart breaks all over again.
    It doesn’t seem right for a parent to have their child die first.

    Good morning Vince,
    Yesterday as I was reading the devotional, I thought about you and that I missed reading one of your devotionals. Here one is for me to enjoy today.
    Your story about the grandson is adorable. So interesting how a child’s mind thinks and registers ideas.
    Definitely it is important to have faith, hope, and love and be able to share them with others. A great message.
    Wishing you a blessed day and thank you for sharing.

    Beautiful message Vincent! Blessings.

    Good evening, Vincent,
    Thanks for the wonderful Devotional for today. I look forward to your Devotionals. Thanks for sharing your talent as a writer.


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