Verse of the Day

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When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.
‭‭–Psalms‬ ‭94:19

The cluster of anxieties that we, the whole human race, now share seems hopelessly inconsolable. Yet every day, our spirits are lifted in some small or large way, by events both major and mundane.

How am I consoled?

  • by the neighbor who visits three stores to find me supplies
  • by another who visits multiple stores for multiple homebound seniors
  • by the store manager who calls to ask if I’d like her to deliver my items (even though she’s on vacation)
  • by the nearness of spring, the return of flowers and birdsong
  • by the three-month tax extension (hooray!)
  • by the books I’m reading and the stack I have yet to read
  • by the poetry, photography and humor of my social media friends
  • by the thought that both Democrats and Republicans worked together to pass not one, but two, new bills to help us all get through this
  • by the live-streamed voices of people praying together

My voice is praying for you, dear readers, and your families, that you stay healthy and that your spirits are lifted up.

 

 

 

The Way of Love – Learn

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Tuesday’s challenge is to read and study the scripture. I chose a few passages that fit into our theme of light and darkness.

In the Old Testament, we see reflections of a prophecy for the future, for the arrival of a great light, which we understand to be Jesus. Isaiah prophesied:

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.”  –Isaiah 9:2

I have lived in that land of deep darkness. But I still have faith in the light.  The apostle John said of Jesus:

“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  –John 1:4-5

We see the imagery of light throughout the gospel:

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'”  –John 8:12

Jesus is my light and my hope. For what is life without hope? Hope keeps us moving forward. And it is difficult to move in any direction without light. At the last supper, Jesus comforted his disciples, preparing them to move forward without Him:

“‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.'”  –John 16:33

I remember this quote often as I struggle through daily life. I hope you find it uplifting, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Way of Love – Going

 

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The Way of Love is the daily devotion I am following during Lent, along with my sister. The theme for Friday was “going.” This refers to Jesus’ practice of engaging diverse individuals and groups as he went along the path of his ministry. It’s not about travelling, rather it’s about who we encounter, and how we engage with them.

As part of our study of The Way of Love, we were challenged to ask God to help us see the world the way God sees the world. My first thought was that, if God wasn’t omniscient, She would be really confused! So many times throughout history, even now, we humans have touted God as the reason for violence, prejudice and worse. How many of us know people who distrust those of a different religion?

How do I think God sees the world? I thought about this all day Friday and prayed about it, too. I think He views it with disappointment as well as hope. Some people I’ve encountered view the world as hopeless, on a tragic path toward ecological and spiritual death. But most seem to accept the uncertainty and try to make things better by treating people and the environment with loving care.

I view the world with hope as I see young people caring about the earth and the people on it.  They are inventing technology to treat disease, clean up the environment, communicate, educate and entertain. They are hyperaware, motivated, dedicated. And so, so smart!

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”     – 1 Cor. 13:6-7