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Content (22 October)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

And religion does make your life rich, by making you content with what you have. We didn’t bring anything into this world, and we won’t take anything with us when we leave. So we should be satisfied just to have food and clothes. People who want to be rich fall into all sorts of temptations and traps. They are caught by foolish and harmful desires that drag them down and destroy them.  The love of money causes all kinds of trouble. Some people want money so much that they have given up their faith and caused themselves a lot of pain.

(1 Timothy 6.6-10)

Reflect:

The author reminds us of the folly of gathering more and more stuff. Contentment and simplicity does not come from owning whatever we want, for there is no end to what we want. Food and clothing are basic necessities that should give us a sense of contentment. When we live life with God the acquisition of things can never be a central feature.

Respond: 

What basic things are you grateful for today? Are their things you don’t need or don’t use anymore – how about de-accumulating and passing these extras onto charity shops or other people who could use them?

Midday Meditation:

I am not complaining about having too little. I have learned to be satisfied with whatever I have. I know what it is to be poor or to have plenty, and I have lived under all kinds of conditions. I know what it means to be full or to be hungry, to have too much or too little. Christ gives me the strength to face anything. (Philippians 4.11-13)

Evening Reflection:

Let me be reborn in you and see through you the world in the right way, so that all my actions, words, thoughts can become a hymn of praise to you. I need your loving grace to travel on this hard road that leads to the death of my old self and to a new life in and for you. I know and trust that this is the road to freedom. Lord, dispel my mistrust and help me become a trusting friend.  Amen.  

(Henri Nouwen)

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