Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Sometimes It All Comes Together

That’s what occurred to me this morning during my prayer time.

Here are some of the passages that I read.

First, one from the Bible:

The LORD works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed. (Psalm 103:6)

Second, one from The Captivating Presence by Albert Edward Day:

We shun the suffering of others. We shrink from any burdens except those which life itself inescapably thrusts upon us. We seek arduously the wealth and power that will enable us to secure ourselves against the possibility of being involved with another’s affliction. Lazarus sometimes makes his way to our door step. We toss him a coin and go on our way. We give our charities but we do not give ourselves. We build our charitable institutions but we do not build ourselves into other’s lives.

Third, from Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton:

If we want to be spiritual… let us first of all live our lives. Let us not fear the responsibilities and the inevitable distractions of the work appointed for us by the will of God. Let us embrace reality and thus find ourselves immersed in the life-giving will and wisdom of God which surrounds us everywhere.

Finally, from “Glorifying God in My Body,” Weavings (September/October 2007,) by David Rensberger:

The believer united to Christ is body as much as spirit, and for that very reason what the body does matters to Christ. We can choose to live a bodily life that is at the service of the flesh, or one of loving obedience to God present with us and within us to shape our bodily life as much as the life of our souls.

All of those passages seemed to fit together for me. What do they say to you?

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