The Glory Be. This short and simple prayer that many of us learned as young children manages to capture some of the most profound mysteries of our faith in its few simple words.
As we pray these words, we give glory to God in all three persons of the Trinity. We acknowledge the glory that is due to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Not just now, not just when things are going well, but always! We declare our belief that the glory of God in the Holy Trinity existed in the very beginning, before anything that we know here on this earth. And His glory has never faded, His presence has never wavered.
He is here with us today through all our trials and all our rejoicing. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is here with each and every one of us in every single moment. To have the love of the Lord with us in such a personal way is something that we should never cease to give thanks and praise for. He has created each of us in His own image, He has given us His Son to save us from our sins and bring us to an everlasting life in Heaven with Him, and He stays with us every step of the way to guide us, forgive us, and love us. Glory to God indeed!
During the trials of our lives it can be harder to give the glory. Sometimes it seems easier to see the bad. To see the wars, the drought, the famine. The storms that wreak havoc on homes and take away lives. The lack of morality that seems to permeate our culture. If you watch the news even for a second it seems there is so much bad in our world today; not to mention the trials we face in our own personal lives.
In those moments when we feel consumed by the negativity and struggle to see the good through it all, those last words of this short prayer bring us hope. “…and ever shall be, world without end.”
The glory of the Lord is not something that is reserved for moments past, not something that we need to search for to see if it still exists, not something that will one day die out and cease to exist. The glory of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit will remain forever! Our human minds may not comprehend how or why something is happening here on earth. But we know that God’s glory is everlasting. All the pain and sadness that we see or experience is only temporary. In this world there is still sin. There is still sorrow and death and sickness and pain. None of these things will last forever. Jesus has already overcome sin and death! There is the glory!
The glory of the Lord shines around us in so many ways if we only take a moment to see it. The colors of the sky, the baby being born, the crashing of the ocean waves, the stillness of the mountain air. His glory is everywhere! And even if we find ourselves struggling to see His glory in our everyday lives, we can find peace and comfort in the knowledge that it truly is there and always will be. We can remind ourselves that whatever trials we may face will not last forever because God is greater than all of them. The things of this world will come and go, but the glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit was there in the beginning, is here with us now, and ever shall be.