Disciples Grow in Love

Wednesday, April 10

4-10By Robert Glenn of Evansville, Indiana, USA

How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

—Psalm 36:7–9

When a baby is born into a family, we can see a change in the dynamics of that family from the viewpoints of parents, siblings, grandparents, and extended family. Babies are a blessing from God; they embody divine love and grace. God creates us so we might have joy.

This joy expresses itself in many ways over time. We see it when we witness the growth of the child through adolescence, young adulthood, and continuing formation as an adult. When we reach our older years, we may have witnessed this many times, often with new eyes.

The love shared between family members and God is beautiful. I have witnessed the effect children have and the blessing they are to many families. I also have found that people become bruised and broken when families do not grow with one another. How sad it is when we do not fully embrace and share the love of God.

The examples of Jesus and the way he lived his life help us connect and understand God’s love. We can rejoice in God’s love when relationships are reestablished.

Prayer for Peace
Steadfast and loving God, we take refuge in your love and the love of our families. Where families are broken, may we bring healing and reconciliation. Where there are rifts, may we build bridges. Where there is loneliness, may we share God’s love. Where there is anger, let us share the peace of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Develop Disciples to Serve
Read and reflect on Psalm 42:1–2. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to respond to people and their needs. The call to journey inward can restore us in times of physical or spiritual depletion. Imagine you can feel a vessel at the center of your being (a clay jar, a crystal vase, a metal bucket, or other container). Imagine drawing something from the vessel to share with another person, but as you reach inside you find only a tiny pool of stagnant liquid. You are thirsty and dry; empty. Listen prayerfully again to the psalm, “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” As you feel restored, thank God for the opportunity to be a responding, serving disciple while you move into the outward journey. Remember this exercise as you drink water throughout the day.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will look for ways to build bridges with your love.

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  1. Ann Mitchell

     /  10 April 2013

    Your morning meditation before your day starts …

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