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May 31 Devotional

The church at Laodicea was tepid. They had allowed their wealth and prosperity to lull them to sleep spiritually. Or, to use the metaphor the book of Revelation itself uses, they had become lukewarm. And lukewarm-ness is a trait that God doesn’t care for at all. Come to think of it, nobody cares for it. Because being lukewarm wreaks of apathy. It has no backbone to it, n...

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May 30 Devotional

Did God not know where Adam was? Of course he did. After all, he’s God, right? Why then the question? Most likely because God wanted Adam to know where Adam was. God wanted Adam to recognize that just moments before that first bite was taken, he and his new wife stood before God (and each other) naked and unashamed. And now, as a result of their choice, everything had ch...

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May 29 Devotional

There are questions, lots of questions. And it is good to live in the question. A pat answer is closed, it is finished; that’s it. It goes nowhere and leaves little room for hope. A question, the mystery, opens the space for us. It is full of possibility. It gives hope of life and even more abundant life. Our faith, solid as it might be is full of questions. And therefor...

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May 28 Devotional

I don’t know Who - or what - put the question. I don’t know when it was put. I don’t even remember answering. But at some moment I did answer Yes to Someone - or Something - and from that hour I was certain that existence is meaningful and that, therefore, my life in self-surrender, had a goal. ("Markings" by Dag Hammarskjold)...

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May 27 Devotional

O God of peace, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in trust shall be our strength: by the power of your Spirit lift us, we pray, to your presence, where we may be still and know that you are God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer)...

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May 26 Devotional

A possibility I would like to suggest is this: live with the questions the Lord asks. Take up a Bible and open to the Gospels. Look for the questions Jesus asks of us: Who do you say that I am? What do you want? Are you not worth more than many sparrows? Why do you not believe? Living with these, one after the other-and there are many in the Gospels - can bring us to wholl...

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May 25 Devotional

You are so young, so before all beginning, and I want to beg you, as much as I can, dear sir, to be patient with all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the poi...

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May 24 Devotional

It seems like we are people always in search of answers, which, in and of itself, is not an entirely bad thing. But I think the problem with always being in search of answers is that sometimes it makes us miss a really good question. An easy answer stops the conversation, whereas a question keeps us in it longer. A good question can keep us seeking - in a great way - for a...

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May 23 Devotional

Ministry is the least important thing. You cannot not minister if you are in communion with God and live in community. A lot of people are always concerned about:” How can I help people? Or help the youth come to Christ? Or preach well?” But these are basically non-issues. If you are burning with the love of Jesus, don’t worry: everyone will know. They will say,” I...

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May 22 Devotional

The fundamental building blocks of the kingdom are relationships. Not programs, systems, or productivity. But inconvenient, time-consuming, intrusive relationships. The kingdom is built on personal involvements that disrupt schedules and drain energy. When I enter into redemptive relationships with others, I lose much of my “capacity to produce desired results with a min...

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May 21 Devotional

More and more, the desire grows in me simply to walk around, greet people, enter their homes, sit on their doorsteps, play ball, and be known as someone who wants to live with them. It is a privilege to have the time and the freedom to practice this simple ministry of presence. Still, it is not as simple as it seems. My own desire to be useful, to do something significant,...

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May 20 Devotional

Transformation and intimacy both cry out for ministry. We are led through the furnace of God’s purity not just for our own sake but also for the sake of others. We are drawn up into the bosom of God’s love not merely to experience acceptance but also so we can give His love to others....

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May 19 Devotional

The more I think about the meaning of living and acting in the name of Jesus, the more I realize that what I have to offer others is not my intelligence, skill, power, influence, or connections, but my own human brokenness through which the love of God can manifest itself. The celebrant in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass says: “Glass shines brighter when it’s broken...I nev...

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May 18 Devotional

God wants not only to be God for us, but also to be God with us. That happens in Jesus, the Emmanuel who walks with us, talks with us, and dies with us. In sending Jesus to us, God wants to convince us of the unshakable fidelity of the divine love. Still there is more. When Jesus leaves he says to us, “I will not leave you alone, but will send you the Holy Spirit.” The...

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May 17 Devotional

The main place you do the work of God is as you go along. It doesn’t have to be in high-profile, important positions. It will happen, if it happens at all, in the routine, unspectacular corners of your life. As you go along. ("Love Beyond Reason" by John Ortberg)...

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May 14 Devotional

When we come to this particular place in scripture it is easy to allow the conversion of Paul to consume all of our energy and attention, and rightly so because it was truly a world changing encounter. But I think we miss something significant if we don’t give some thought and attention to the life and role of Ananias as well. Because I have a suspicion that very few of ...

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May 13 Devotional

“To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings, the divine margin in all attainments.” Prayer is “our” humble “answer” to the inconceivable surprise of living. It is all we can offer in return for the mystery by which we live. ("Man’s Quest for God" by Abraham Joshua Heschel)...

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May 12 Devotional

Sometimes it’s difficult to see clearly in the midst of our own life’s circumstances. During such times the struggle and turmoil of day-to-day existence allows us only to be able to see what is right in front of us - which can leave us both overwhelmed and paralyzed. What we need is someone that can take us up above the clouds and the chaos of this life, to higher grou...

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May 11 Devotional

What part of this encounter with God speaks most deeply to you right now? In what ways are you wrestling with God these days? What do you think is God’s intent in that? How does he long to change you? How might a limp be a part of that?...

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May 10 Devotional

God is always the initiator. Sometimes we do not recognize it, but that does make it any less true. In this case, Jesus had been with these journeyers long enough to where you would have thought they would have recognized his presence among them before they did. But then again, for some mysterious reason, they were being kept from recognizing him until just the right time....

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May 9 Devotional

Without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life. Solitude begins with a time and place for God, and Him alone. If we really believe not only that God exists but also that He is actively present in our lives - healing, teaching, and guiding - we need to set aside time and space to give Him our undivided attention. ("Making All Things New" by Henri J.M. ...

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May 8 Devotional

The desert initiates us into the life of the Spirit by helping us to discover who we most deeply are. To follow Christ means that we must let go of excessive attachments to passing pleasures and possessions, to ploys of autonomous power, to tangible goods as if they were ultimate. Christ asks us to abandon our idols, whatever they may be, and to love him with our entire be...

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May 7 Devotional

In solitude we can listen to the voice of him who spoke to us before we could speak a word, who healed us before we could make any gesture to help, who set us free long before we could free others, and who loved us long before we could give love to anyone. It is in solitude that we discover that being is more important than having, and that we are worth more than the resul...

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May 6 Devotional

There are two movements which must be plainly present in every complete spiritual life. The energy of its prayer must be directed on the one hand towards God; and on the other towards people. The first movement embraces the whole range of spiritual communion between the soul and God; in it we turn toward the Divine Reality in adoration, bathing, so to speak, our souls in E...

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May 5 Devotional

We are called to love the world. And God loved the world so much that he gave Jesus. Today he loves the world so much that he gives you and me to be his love, his compassion, and his presence, through a life of prayer, of sacrifice, of surrender to God. The response that Jesus asks of you is to be a contemplative....

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May 4 Devotional

A wise saint once said, “Only he who obeys a rhythm superior to his own is free.” That was certainly true in the life of Jesus. In the first chapter of Mark, here he was staying up late into the evening, the whole town at his door, healing many. And yet, before the morning light had lifted its sleepy head, he arose and went out to be with his Father. That’s because i...

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May 3 Devotional

Christian ministry is a ministry of the whole person. It is an expression of the life of Christ, a life that at every point must confront the world as it is - not critically, but with the awareness that it is in the world, with all its complexity, that God chooses to reveal himself. In solitude we await God. We await him as he reveals himself in the deep silence of our liv...

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May 1 Devotional

I must spend enough time in prayer and faithful listening to the voice of God to be brought to the moment of trust and surrender when I can give up my preconceived ideas and become open to God’s idea. My first concern is not my desired result. My first concern is God and the fidelity of our relationship, and then the result of the discernment efforts will come quite natu...

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