Walking in Compassion (Thursday 19 June)

Morning Encounter

Read:

What offering should I bring when I bow down to worship the LORD God Most High? Should I try to please him by sacrificing calves a year old? Will thousands of sheep or rivers of olive oil make God satisfied with me? Should I sacrifice to the LORD my first-born child as payment for my terrible sins? The LORD God has told us what is right and what he demands: “See that justice is done, let mercy be your first concern, and humbly obey your God.” (Micah 6.6-8)

Reflect:

Micah was an 8th Century prophet and a contemporary with Amos, Hosea and Isaiah. True worship, according to Micah, cannot be divorced from social justice, compassion, peace and love for others. As God is merciful, compassionate, faithful, forgiving and loving – so must we be. The Lord despises empty religious rituals and asks us to care sacrificially for the down-trodden, the broken and the rejected in our society. This is the way to walk with God.

Respond:

Who can you serve today? Where can you respond with love, generosity and strength? What act of kindness and justice can you do today?

 

Midday Meditation:

‘Self-righteous service comes through human effort. It expends immense amounts of energy calculating and scheming how to render the service…True service comes from a relationship with the divine Other deep inside. We serve out of whispered promptings, divine urgings. Energy is expended but it is not the frantic energy of the flesh.’ (Richard J. Foster Celebration of Discipline)

 

Evening Reflection:

Holy Spirit, when we find ourselves in frustrating or difficult situations today please gently call us back to yourself and remind us of who we are in You. Help us to not speak out of our own strength our wisdom, but rather out of the strength and wisdom that you provide. Amen.

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