Colossians 3 (31 August 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

Each one of you is part of the body of Christ, and you were chosen to live together in peace. So let the peace that comes from Christ control your thoughts. And be grateful. Let the message about Christ completely fill your lives, while you use all your wisdom to teach and instruct each other. With thankful hearts, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.

(Colossians 3.15-16)

Reflect: 

Being one community and living together in peace is connected to our thought life. Our minds are so important to transformation; they are to be filled with gratitude, with thankfulness. They should be deeply rooted and immersed in Scripture and our churches stocked up with good teaching. When these things come together, then thankful hearts will rejoice in songs of worship – both publicly and privately.

Respond: 

What are you grateful for today? As you keep company with Jesus today, as often as you can, remind him of things you are grateful for – big and small.

Midday Meditation:

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best thought by day or by night
Waking or sleeping Thy presence my light 

(From the hymn: Be Thou My Vision)

Evening Reflection:

Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.                               

(St. Ignatius of Loyola)

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