Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Isaiah 56:5 (KJV)
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. Luke 13:29
Sometimes I am so quick to judge others by how they look, speak, act, smell. I forget I am in the presence of a child of God, of a more than son or daughter of God. I forget I am looking at God’s image and likeness of goodness and love. I forget to look with my own eyes focused in goodness and love.
Jesus tells me that people from every corner of the earth come to be in God’s presence. Jesus tells me to love my neighbor as myself, to let go of fear, to forgive my enemies, and to do good to those who hurt me.
Today I am going to make a commitment to remember to look beyond surface idiosyncracies and treat all people with kindness and compassion.
“The spiritual life is not a theory.” Alcoholics Anonymous
Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us
and persevere in running the race that lies before us. Hebrews 12:1
Today I feel like I am walking backwards in my race towards God. I have prayed, talked to a trusted friend, written to God, and now I am surrendering my life and will to the One who is Compassion. I know I will be given what I need to persevere.
[Jesus said,] “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” Luke 12:34
The heart leads where the mind is afraid to go. The heart trusts what the mind cannot make sense of. The heart opens and welcomes when the mind stays closed and isolated.
The heart knows sorrow, experiences compassion, abounds in forgiveness. The heart recognizes God in the faces of all people, finds God in the beauty of the natural world, discovers God in silence. The heart shines out love, expands in gratitude, heals with grace.
Then [Jesus] told them a parable.
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ Luke 12:16-17
I’d like to cultivate a practice of open hands that give freely, reach out with compassion, touch gently, and comfort others in times of need.
I’d like to cultivate a practice of open hands that humbly express my need to be shown God’s will.
I’d like to cultivate a practice of open hands that let go of greed, resentment, and all that prevents me from loving God, my neighbor, and myself.