Shadows and reality

Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath which was a shadow of what was to come, but the reality is found in Christ.  Col. 2:16-17

Some people use rituals, icons, and observation of holy days to enhance spiritual meaning, and experience God in the process. Some consider such things superficial and find no spiritual value in observing them, and experience God through individual processes (which, if honestly analyzed, might qualify as personal “rituals.”) Interpreting the ritual or tradition, or the rejecting of it, as the pathway to interaction with God will likely result in a shadowed experience; as will getting judgy and insisting that everyone else is “doing it wrong.” If the reality of spiritual experience with God is found in Christ, and if Christ is love and His message is grace, then the way we interact with God is enhanced by love and grace toward those around us.

Thank You God for wanting to be close to us and wanting us to experience closeness with you. Help us all come out of any shadows and into the reality found in Christ.