Susan, my wife, recently asked me about the difference between the 2 words in my title. I didn’t have a clue. Turns out that “tract” means a course or path, an area or designated space: you read a tract, describing what you should do, you go to a tract of land, and you have a digestive tract. “Track” is a deliberate choice to follow a tract or path: you make tracks, you follow a track, you track a trail, you build a railroad track.
Interesting but the point?
The point is that those of us blessed to know Jesus have been given a tract for our lives. Jesus is our model. In Christ we see light; Jesus’ light is the light of our lives.
Right now some folks rejoice over the tract of this world. Elections are over; decisions made. Some people rejoice over the tract of their lives. Others mourn all the same and worry about the course of their own lives and the life of our community.
But we – the people on Jesus’ tract – are called to serve and to love in such a way that the world knows that God has set out a tract for our lives, that God (whose nature and tract is love), chose to make tracks to us in Jesus. That means that we are called on to live following Christ in our lives and to live those lives without fear.
May God bless us as we face the future, certain that our tract will lead us to the tracks of God in Jesus Christ.
Within you, O God, is the spring of life.
In your light, we see light.
(Harvey) Gray Southern
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