Monday, September 8, 2014
for Sunday, September 14, 2014
14th Sunday after Pentecost
READ: Romans 14.1-12 “stand”
REFLECT: This is the challenge of life, it seems: to stand in faith, in courage, in love, in hope. Most of the time, I feel more like I’m wobbling on one leg, trying to balance, about to fall over at any moment. But as I read through this passage several times, an option besides falling emerged — “be upheld.” As I prayed about this, an image of a well emerged. The well was deep, narrow and hard to access. It was in a cave that could only be entered by crawling. A desperate act. This is where I go to shelter after I’ve fallen. And I prayed for an alternative way to live, another way to access that living water.
The scene changed and I was standing on the coast of California, before the entire expanse of the Pacific Ocean. It was sunny and cool and I could stretch out and breathe deeply. It was a place where I could stand, upheld. As I sat with this image, I asked God how I could stand in that place more regularly, not just on retreat, not just to get back on my feet. It is the place of union with God.
RESPOND: God, sometimes I forget that you are always present. In times of swelling love and freedom and in times of wrenching despair, help me to remember that like Rumi says, you are nearer than my own breath. Prompt me, Holy Spirit, to glance inward throughout the day, to align myself with your love and hope, and to rest — even for a moment — in union with you.
How can you make checking in with God a part of your daily rhythm of life? Think about something ordinary that you do every day — like climbing a set of stairs, turning a door knob, or switching on a light. Let this act serve as a prompt to glance inward, affirm and be filled with God’s presence, and continue on with your day upheld in faith, hope, and love.
LECTIONARY TEXTS FOR THE UPCOMING SUNDAY (and for you to try on your own):
Psalm 103.(1-7), 8-13
Lectio Divina Paci is a weekly devotional guide for peacemakers in the lectio divina form. Lectio Divina (Latin for divine reading) is a traditional Benedictine practice of scripture reading, prayer, meditation, and reflection that treats scripture as the Living Word. Lectio Divina Paci is an opportunity for peacemakers to become more in tune with the voice of the Prince of Peace.