Recently, the national news media have presented Americans with frightening
pictures of container ships lying off the coast of California, unable to unload their
cargo. Americans face the daunting prospects of some empty shelves at Costco and Target,
with the impending holiday season.
As Christians we should be indifferent to this problem, because our ship has already
arrived! It arrived at our baptism when we were born anew in Christ: He in us and
we in Him. The gifts He bestows far surpass those of Target. For the heavy laden
He offers rest; for the anxious He offers peace, “not as the world gives” but as He
gives. We are also given the many gifts that accompany grace. And as we are
sealed in Christ we receive a love like no other we have known.
These gifts become all the more real in our lives to the degree that we detach
ourselves from the material world and live a deeper spirituality, and seek a deeper
communion with Christ. This is called prayer; the prayer of the heart. Let’s practice
this type of prayer in the months ahead and not worry about stranded container
ships. We already possess a far more precious cargo.