Schools of Love (2 January 2021)

Morning Encounter:

READ

"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved."

Acts 2: 42-47.  English Standard Version Anglicised (ESVUK]

REFLECT

Martin Luther King knew how hard it would be to live out the new commandment that Jesus gave 'to love one another' (John 13: 34/35). In a letter shortly before he was assassinated in 1965 he wrote about training. 'We were not unmindful of the difficulties involved. So we decided to go through a process of self-purification'. You might call these schools of love.   

RESPOND

Martin Luther King continued 'we started having workshops on non-violence and repeatedly asked ourselves... 'are you able to accept blows without retaliation?'  'Are you able to endure the ordeals of jail?' What can we learn from this? 

Midday Meditation:

Schools of love teach us to draw on ever deeper supplies of grace. Our vision is to be 'incendiary communities of love' learning how to love each other and ourselves in the way that Jesus did. One advertisement for Blue Bell ice-cream in the US put it like this - 'we eat all we can and sell the rest'. Pray for an opportunity to do this and see what happens. 

Evening Reflection:

Gracious God - help me to join the early church and enter your school of love. Like Martin Luther King, train me to love people better, to seek justice, to lend and not expect to get it back, and to turn the other cheek. Show me how I can work with others to 'love-bomb' the world. Amen. 

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