The With-God Life (Tuesday 13 May)

Morning Encounter:

Read: The LORD said to Abram: Leave your country, your family, and your relatives and go to the land that I will show you. I will bless you and make your descendants into a great nation. You will become famous and be a blessing to others. I will bless anyone who blesses you, but I will put a curse on anyone who puts a curse on you. Everyone on earth will be blessed because of you. (Genesis 12. 1 – 3)

Reflect:

After the tragedy of the fall and the catastrophe of the flood, God calls Abram into relationship, and life with God begins afresh. This call affects both Abram and his family. There is no map, no precedent, just the promise of God’s presence as they begin this remarkable journey.

Respond:

Take some time to consider the journey of faith you have been on since your life with God began. When did it begin? Have there been times when you have clearly felt the presence of God along the way?

Midday Meditation:

O God my creator and redeemer, I may not go forth today except you accompany me with your blessing. Let not the vigour and freshness of the morning, or the glow of good health, or the present prosperity of my undertakings, deceive me into a false reliance upon my own strength. All the good gifts have come to me from you. They were yours to give and they are yours also to curtail. They are not mine to keep; I do but hold them in trust; and only in continued dependence upon you, the giver, can they be worthily enjoyed. Amen." (John Baillie)

Evening Reflection:

‘Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen.’ (Thomas Aquinas)..

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