Christ and the woman of Samaria at Jacob’s Well
lithograph, hand colored, between 1835 and 1836
“Is the LORD in our midst or not?” Exodus 17:7
To believe in God is to know God is present with us always.
God is in charge. God has not abandoned us or forsaken us. God will not let us be lost in the frightening, crazy, unjust, hard-hearted happenings of the world.
Today I will welcome the Lord. I will take time to listen for God’s voice. I will embody the Lord’s kindness by speaking respectfully to everyone I encounter.
A job may earn me money, but my real work is learning to love—at home, in the workplace, in the community, those I know, those I have never met.
Today my work is to practice compassion, patience, forgiveness, generosity, gratitude, nonviolence, and reverence for all of God’s creation. My never-failing mentor is the Lord.
[Jesus said,] “Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” ” John 6:27
When I love my neighbor as myself, I love the Lord, my God, with my whole heart, soul, and mind.
When I forget to treat myself and others with reverence, I have forgotten the reverence due to God.
Thus says the LORD: “You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt. You shall not wrong any widow or orphan.” Exodus 22:21-22