This morning I offer a meditation. Begin with a couple of deep breaths and then say this prayer: "God, show me your light and grace."
Be calm & focus on God’s presence.
Settle your heart, mind and body. Close yourself off from any distractions.
Focus on God’s proximity to you. How is God close to you right now? Do you sense God's presence? If not, it's okay - by the end of the Scripture reading that may change.
As you sit in silence, focus on God’s deep and abiding love for you.
Try to become aware of God’s presence in an attentive way.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you.
Read these words written by the Apostle Paul. Say them out loud. Read them to yourself. Read them several times.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
God's love for you has all of these qualities. Depending on my day and what is happening around me, sometimes I focus on one over the others. Some days I need to remember God is patient. Some days I need reassured that God is not angry. Many days I need the knowledge that God keeps no record of my wrongs. Every day I need the reminder that God's love for me always perseveres. Then I need to remember that I am commanded to love others as God loves me.
Is there a word that stands out to you this morning? As Charles Wesley wrote, "Amazing love, how can it be?" And yet, it is.