Come out from the Dark

Friday, March 15

3-15By Dorene Kilburn of Stratford, Ontario, Canada

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

—Romans 8:28

The wonders of the changing seasons are a joy to see. We’ve all watched the early spring flowers push up through the cold earth and, in some places, through the snow. As the days get warmer, the bare branches of the trees begin to show signs of new growth and soon are clothed in green again.

Water lilies and water irises that have been sitting all winter in damp earth in a cold, dark basement begin to grow. No sunlight, no warmth, but they instinctively “know” what time of year it is and are eager to return to the pond to offer their colorful beauty.

Ladybugs and ants crawl out from under rocks. Frogs that have spent the winter deep in the pond now sit lazily on a log and call to a mate across the water. Soon a flicker picks a hole in a hollow evergreen tree and prepares a nest to raise a family.

Three hummingbirds return from the south on the same day as last year—the same hummingbirds with their distinctive personalities! Each creature has its purpose. Miracles in nature abound as the seasons change. What an awesome world God has created for us to enjoy! Let us thank God for colorful expressions of love for us.

Prayer for Peace
God of the hopping frogs and darting birds, may we know our purpose, as do other creatures. May we hear your call to share peace.

Spiritual Practice: Spirit Centered Balance
As you walk or drive today, notice the unlikely places where you see growth, life, color, beauty. Review your daily schedule and habits. When and how do you attend to your spiritual center, and how does beauty “color” new life growing from that center? How do you balance intimacy with God’s Spirit with active ministries of discipleship? Prayerfully reflect and journal on your need to learn “spirit-centered balance” that allows you to live as an oak of righteousness, a repairer of ruins in God’s world.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will pray to discern my purpose—what Christ’s mission means for me.

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