Monthly Archives: March 2019

God’s abundance

Christian Rohlfs (1849-1938)
Rückkehr des verlorenen Sohnes
Woodcut, 1916

We are in the presence of God at every moment, and everything God has is ours: welcome, mercy, forgiveness, compassion, joy, peace, love without end.

May I give with open hands and heart all that is God’s to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, those I meet today, and those I haven’t yet met.

“[The father] said to him, ‘My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours.'” Luke 15:31

Cultivate compassion

Many experiences have exhausted my energy, damaged my sense of self-worth, and discouraged me from sharing my gifts and talents. I often feel like the fig tree that struggled to bear fruit.

God’s compassion is revealed through the kind people who don’t give up on me, but support me in times of trouble and help me to find the courage to keep going, to find a way to bear good, loving, peace-filled fruit.

[The gardener] said to him in reply,
‘Sir, leave [the fig tree] for this year also,
and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it;
it may bear fruit in the future.” Luke 13:8-9a

How good it is

James Tissot (1836-1902)
La transfiguration
opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
between 1886 and 1894
Brooklyn Museum

Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here.” Luke 9:33b

Let me be aware of the loud, grace-filled silence of the Lord’s presence in every moment, every breath.

How good it is to be here.

 

 

 

 

In the Presence of God

Augustin Hirschvogel (1503-1553)
Temptation of Christ

When the devil had finished every temptation,
he departed from [Jesus] for a time. Luke 4:13

The demons are never done with us. They assault us without warning, especially when we are vulnerable from grief, illness, or emotional distress.

They also assault us when we are strengthening our relationship with the Lord. They don’t like us to be close to God.

Today I will remember I am always in the Presence of God and ask God for the courage to resist the temptation to be afraid, despairing, greedy, or indifferent.

 

Good produce

When I intentionally practice love, compassion, respect, forgiveness, gratitude, and peace, those Christ-like qualities grow in my heart to feed me and others—even in times of loneliness, suffering, and conflict.

[Jesus said,] “A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good.” Luke 6:45a