Back to the Beginning

2 Thessalonians 3:16-18

It’s called “closing the loop” and every great artist knows how to do it. For example, at the Academy Awards, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga slowly walked to the stage while the guitar played the introduction to “Shallow,” their mega-hit from their film A Star is Born. Standing the full length of the Steinway away, Lady Gaga listened as Cooper began to sing,

Tell me somethin’, girl

Are you happy in this modern world? 

Or do you need more?

Is there somethin’ else your’re searchin’ for?

I’m falling 

In all the good times I find myself

Longin’ for change

And in the bad times I fear myself”

Lady Gaga moved to the piano, placed her fingers on the keys and as the song built, she jumped the octave belting out that she’s ready to dive into the deep, far more than just a shallow relationship. But the song doesn’t end with all this thunder and lightning. With Cooper and Lady Gaga sitting on the piano bench, they look into each other’s eyes and quietly sing, “In the shallow, shallow, we’re far from the shallow now.” The audience leaps to their feet giving a standing ovation. Why? Because we love this closing of the loop.

The Apostle Paul wasn’t writing a hit movie lyric, but he still knew that in his inspired letter to his believing family in Thessalonica there was power in closing the loop. He began the letter praying that his fellow believers would receive grace and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Now here’s his close:

“Now may the Lord of peace, himself, give peace to you at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you! I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand, which is the certification of authenticity in all the letters I write. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”

The Star is Born movie didn’t end with a happily ever after. Jack, because his alcoholism is threatening his wife’s soaring career, hangs himself to remove the obstacle. Even diving into the mystery of deep love between a man and a woman is not the “somethin’ more” we’re looking for. It’s the grace and peace that only the Lord Jesus Christ gives freely can bring the eternal change we all desperately need.

LORD, help us as your children to be filled with your Holy Spirit today and not drunk on alcohol that only drains our life away. Pour grace and peace into our lives this day, helping others to stop searching and find that Jesus can calm their fear even in the bad times.

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