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To comfort

The Raising of Lazarus (after Rembrandt)
Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890), Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, May 1890
oil on paper, 50 cm x 65.5 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away. And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother. John 11:17-19

There is a tremendous sorrow in our world right now. We need each other’s love and compassion. We need to comfort one another.

Today I will offer comfort to someone in need.

I fear no evil

American Colony (Jerusalem). Photo Department, photographer
Set of thirteen select slides of shepherd life, illustrating the Twenty Third Psalm. “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures”

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Psalm 23:1

May my heart reflect and bless the world with the goodness and love that is my birthright.

May I live as a child of the Light and produce every kind of goodness and love.

May the Lord open my eyes that I may see goodness and love in everyone I encounter.

 

 

Who is in charge?

N. Courier
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.

Grace and peace

Saint John the Baptist
Panel (1490-1500)
Milano, Museo Poldi Pezzoli

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:3

This is my greeting to you today: grace and peace.

May you feel the presence of Love and Compassion
wherever you are.

 

Spark of glory

William Rimmer (1816-1879)
Saint Stephen, 1860
Art Institute of Chicago

[Jesus prayed, saying, “Holy Father,] I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me.” John 17:22-23a

We are of God and in God, tiny sparks reflecting God’s glory.

How will I shine God’s glorious love and compassion in the world today?

Peace in and through us

We are in the Presence of God, now, in this moment. May I remember to call on the Holy Spirit to think, live, and speak for and through me to bring the love and peace of God to the world.

[Jesus said to his disciples:] “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”
John 14:25-27

Known

Shepherd girl with sheep and lamb in Nepal

Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27

There is One who knows my strengths and weaknesses, my gifts and defects, my successes and struggles.

Listen! It is the voice of Love who calls me to follow.