If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it;
if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.
1 Corinthians 12:26
Today let me remember that everyone carries the burden of grief and suffering. May I be comfort and compassion for others.
“Do whatever [Jesus] tells you.” John 2:5b
It’s so simple. Do what the Lord says to do. Love my neighbor as myself. Feed the hungry. Welcome the stranger. Visit the sick and imprisoned. Forgive those who hurt me. Do not be afraid.
Today I will remember Who is the One I follow.
It is our lifework to offer compassion to the suffering, forgiveness to those who have hurt us, and comfort to those who are grieving and burdened with the stresses that arise in life.
Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Isaiah 40:1
The star of the Christ leads me by the light of love, hope, compassion, and peace to reveal God’s goodness in me, my neighbor, and the world.
Other stars in our world attract me with the promise of riches, power, ease, and fame.
And then there are the dark stars that seduce me into depression, despair, and discontent.
I must choose with the wisdom of the magi the star I will follow.
And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. Matthew 2:9b
A worldwide human family that reflects love and harmony…
…is only possible if I open my heart today and treat myself and all people with compassion, kindness, gentleness, patience, and forgiveness. It is only possible when I stop comparing myself to others and follow the Way of unconditional love.
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another. Colossians 3:12-13a
Blessed are we who believe God so loved the world, he sent his only son to remind us that the whole human family is beloved of God.
Blessed are we who believe God’s holy Spirit dwells in each of us, that we share a spark of the divine in our being.
Blessed are we who believe we have been empowered to be God’s eyes, hands, and hearts to love and serve our neighbors.
“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Luke 1:45
Thank you, Lord, for the gift of your presence.
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.