Father of all the mercy and grace in our lives. Hope of all nations, cities and states from tiny to hard-to-imagine proportions. Spirit of all comfort and power and inspiration and beauty. Our God who is three-in-one, would You permeate every area of our lives? From the quiet before we wake up to the clamor of our crazy commutes to the easy joy of watching over our children’s hard-fought sleep. Would You make Your warmth and peace and prodding and leading known to us? To those around us? That peace that is desperately needed. That ability to love and listen to our neighbor. That propensity to forgive and seek to understand when all we want is to retreat into familiar and exclusive. Father, Son, Spirit move us. We need You. We love You. We welcome You today.
It’s April and the cold is (finally) giving way to warmth. We open our windows to let in sunlight and fresh air because it makes a home ‘feel’ fresh and new in some way – the way I want my body, my mind & soul to feel! This week, driving home from work, the lyrics “Open up let the light in” deeply resonated in my spirit over and over as I listened to a favorite worship album. We have so many windows and so many doors in our lives to be opened to the Spirit of the Living Christ! All these years with Christ and I still find more! 2 Cor. 4:6 says: “For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.” I invite you to go bravely with me. I want to let the Light of Christ, and fresh wind of the Holy Spirit go freely through the rooms of my heart; to give unrestrained, unguarded permission for God to move around and bring light and life to ALL the nooks and crannies. Amen to THAT!