“But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him’— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.”  (I Cor. 2:9-10)  Echoing Isaiah, Paul speaks some truly beautiful and hopeful words.  He tells us that God is preparing, God is getting ready to receive us in ways that are unimaginable for us.  Verse 9 has comforted many Christians throughout the centuries.  God prepares and in response, you and I are called to prepare in order to feel at home with all of God’s preparations.  Perhaps in this particular time of uncertainty we must place extra focus on what God is doing and is preparing to do.  The question for us is simply this:  are we preparing for what God is doing?  Are we living lives that reflect the work that Christ is doing in our midst?  Are we caring for one another in preparation for God’s caring?  Are we giving in preparation for God’s glorious gifts to us?  Or do we treat one another or fail to give as if God is not at work – as if we really are left to our own devices?  Are we living as if defeat is inevitable because we cannot see beyond our own meager resources? These are deep things for us to ponder as we all move towards God’s preparations.  Be encouraged to live a life in the power of the One who welcomes and who is at work in our broken world.  Have a good week.