Whole lyfe (20 July 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

(Romans 12.1-2, The Message)

Reflect:

Do you think that all of your life is important to God, or just the churchy bit? Here in this passage, Paul does away with any sacred / secular divide and invites us to place all of our life before God as an offering. God is interested in our work, our home and family life, when we exercise and socialise. It’s important for us to invite God into it all and be with him wherever we are and whatever we are doing.

Respond:

Imitate Brother Lawrence, the monk who tried to be as close to God whilst working in the kitchens as he was in the Chapel. Invite God to be with you in the ordinary and mundane moments of this day.

Midday Meditation:

‘He does not ask much of us, merely a thought of Him from time to time, a little act of adoration, sometimes to ask for His grace, sometimes to offer Him your sufferings, at other times to thank Him for the graces, past and present, He has bestowed on you, in the midst of your troubles to take solace in Him as often as you can. Lift up your heart to Him during your meals and in company; the least little remembrance will always be the most pleasing to Him. One need not cry out very loudly; He is nearer to us than we think.’

(Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God)

 

Evening Reflection:

Through the dark hours of this night protect and surround us. Father, Son and Spirit, Three. Forgive the ill that we have done. Forgive the pride that we have shown. Forgive the words that have caused harm that we might sleep peaceably and rise refreshed to do your will. Through the dark hours of this night protect and surround us Father, Son and Spirit, Three.

(A Celtic Blessing)
 

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