This week marks the third anniversary of my father’s passing to eternal life. Before my father became ill, he recognized the importance of putting things in order. He updated his will, arranged for Power of Attorney for Personal Care and for Property, and wrote a living will to specify his wishes for end-of-life care. He made sure that my siblings and I knew his bank account numbers, his insurance policy numbers, and where his retirement money was invested. He made a list of all monthly expenses that would need to be paid. He gave us the password to his computer so that we could access important information. His careful planning was a loving gift to us.
The writer of The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians was worried that the community at Corinth might be filled with quarrelling, jealousy, anger and selfishness. (2 Corinthians 12:20). He advised them to put things in order. When things are in order, it is easier for people to live in peace.
Are there areas of your life where things are not in order? Is the disorder affecting your relationship with others? What conversations or actions are needed to put things in order?
God of love and peace, help me to put things in order. Amen. — JW