Generous Grace (8 January 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read

Sun and moon, and all of you bright stars,
come and offer praise.
Highest heavens, and the water above the highest heavens,
come and offer praise.
Let all things praise the name of the Lord,
because they were created at his command.
He made them to last forever,
and nothing can change what he has done.
(Psalm 148. 3-6)

Reflect

If you want to know the extent of God’s grace, go outside on a clear night and look up. When God wanted to create a dwelling place for us, a guest house where people could flourish, he stretched out a canvas 46 billion lights years across and filled it with every wonder imaginable: galaxies and gnats, soaring mountains and silent deserts, zebras and sunsets and snow. God’s creativity is only outstripped by his generosity. Standing in the middle of all this wonder we begin to get an inkling of the enormity of God’s ever-giving love.

Respond

Stop and smell the roses today. Or watch clouds in the sky. Notice the way dust swirls in the wind, look at the stars, or watch steam rising from a cup of hot coffee. Be attentive to the scale and complexity of creation - all of it a gift.

Midday Meditation:

“I give a cry of wonder, and I’m flooded with emotion, as I think of all things in creation - how is it possible? They’ve allowed me to live, they’ve sustained my life … the heavens, sun, moon, stars, the elements; the fruits, birds, fish, and animals - they have all been there for me!”

(Ignatius of Loyola)

Evening Reflection:

May you be praised, my Lord, with all your creatures,
especially brother sun.
Be praised, my Lord, for sister moon and the stars.
Be praised, my Lord, for brother wind.
Be praised, my Lord, for sister water.
Be praised, my Lord, for brother fire.
Be praised, my Lord, for our sister, mother earth.
(adapted from a prayer of Francis of Assisi)

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