He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent. For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.
– Colossians 1:15-20
It’s 2 am, and I am sitting in bed viciously aware of Matt’s absence. There isn’t a moment in the day when I’m not thinking of him and missing him ridiculously – but there are definitely times where his absence is more acute and overwhelming. This is one of those times.
I got this passage tattooed on my back about a year ago. I chose it because it basically sums up the Christian faith, and for me it reminds me of who Jesus is. One thing that I loved about being married to Matthew was that he would often read this passage to me from my back. I loved hearing it. Every time I read it, or had it read to me, it both challenged and encouraged me.
Tonight I am reminded that Jesus created all things – including me – for Himself. And I am reminded that He reconciled me to Himself by His blood. I am reminded that I belong to Him. I am His.