We encounter ALL again…
‘All in all’, when first coined, was a reference to the omnipresent and all-pervasive nature of God – The Creator, that is, ‘ALL things in all places’. The phrase was used explicitly with that meaning in The Great Bible, 1539, in 1 Corinthians 15:28: That God maye be all in all.
Life moves fast these days, and so often it is hard to simply comprehend how fortune we are, for our health, friends or family etc. It is hard perhaps to do this, seeing as so often these immeasurable or intangible goods, these gifts from the Lord are so often squandered or easily quantified into comparing it with others. Nothing ultimately, is to be purchased from feelings of superiority or feeling one satisfied with oneself since others may not have been so fortunate. Truly valuing God’s gifts requires appreciating things for themselves, for their own intrinsic goodness and benefit, not in how they might compare to others. For in doing the latter, we in fact close our hearts and eyes to truly appreciating what is most valuable to us.
And we pray:
In The name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost, I pray to thank Thee for Thy mercy and Love, for giving me life. Give me strength and the insight to appreciate what I already have, whilst I pray for those without. Give me strength and the insight to value all You have given me, whilst I pray You to grant these gifts to others. In Your name I give thanks, and ask You to bestow Your grace upon all my sisters and brothers, in the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost, Amen.