Spirit is invisible and untouchable. In the Scripture lessons for Pentecost Sunday, the writers spoke of visible things to make Spirit known.
the sound of a fierce wind
spiritual gifts visible in human action
flames of fire
rivers of living water
Pay attention this week to how you experience Spirit--in sounds, in objects, in actions, in feelings?
Jesus revealed God by his deeds and presence. Jesus prayed that we might be one with each other, with him and by extension with God. In his absence, we take up the mission of Jesus to reveal God by our presence and our deeds. Here are five specific ways you can reveal God this week:
a compassionate eye
a smiling face
a warm heart
Begin by asking for blessing for yourself: may I be happy; may I be free from suffering; may I have peace.
Extend the blessing to your family and friends. You can bless them in person or you can bring them into your imagination and bless them. May you be happy; may you be free from suffering; may you have peace.
Extend your blessing even further to those you don’t know very well or maybe don’t even know at all–a stranger on the street, a person you see in the newspaper or on the evening news.
Extend your blessing to those you think of as enemies. In so doing, you are practicing the teaching of Jesus: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.”
Peace and Blessings!
Seeing seems like such an easy task. Spiritual teachers have suggested that we don’t really see. For example, Jesus said, “Whoever has seen me has seen God.”
Thich Nhat Hanh has written: “Suppose I hold a leaf in my hand. What do you see? A leaf is a leaf; it is not a flower. But in fact when we look deeply into the leaf, we can see many things. We can see the plant, we can see the sunshine, we can see the clouds, we can see the earth.”
This week practice seeing. Look at any object. What do you see? Look at another person. Can you see God?
Peace and Blessings!
Jesus said, “The thief enters only to steal, kill, and destroy. I came so that they could have life—indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest.” Jesus knew that some things bring life others rob us of life. Use the chart below to think what has brought you life and what has destroyed life.
(The thief destroys life)
(The shepherd gives abundant life)
Life experiences that have
People who have
Choices that have
Wherever possible this week choose life.
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