Emerging Realization

Monday, April 7

4-7By John Bonney of Springfield, Oregon, USA

And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

—Luke 18:7–8

Sitting on the bus, surrounded by God’s creation, I marveled at the divine Spirit that allowed me to see, even sometimes with eternal eyes, the glory of each individually created person. To experience each in the expression of wonderfully varied personalities struggling to give utterance to the eternal image inside. Perhaps not aware of Christ’s justice, yet reflecting the One who creates regardless.

At those moments, the splendid display of Creator in human being lifts me.

An awareness of what each could be, and yet are not, saddens me. I am aware of their pains and suffering, which register in their eyes and faces, their body language, and voices. In some moments, I feel creation yearns for them and suffers with them. There is only beneficence in this personal side of creation, only expressions of compassion and empathy, a promise of justice; a tender love and longing that simply cannot—and perhaps should not—find expression in its entirety.

In the glory of those moments—and the moments of birdsong and moon glow, the music of life, the mosaic of human expression—I am refreshed and find my being. I realize again how blessed I am—and yet again, I realize the promise of the Risen Christ is in us.

Prayer for Peace
We cry to you day and night, God, and many times we don’t realize you are already with us. Restore our hope. Restore our faith in 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 doubt. 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, 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 find faith in your justice.

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