Scripture: Psalm 25
Key verse: (5) Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.
Reflection: The life of a disciple is a journey of constant learning. On this side of heaven, we never graduate, we never reach perfection, we never finish. We are “works in process.”
Many years ago I listened to a confirmation student read his statement of faith aloud and he claimed “my faith will never change.” He saw that as a wonderful declaration of his loyalty to God. I didn’t say anything but thought to myself “I hope your faith changes.” Imagine what life would be like if you only know now what you knew in the eighth grade! Instead you’ve had a wealth of opportunities to learn and grow and those have shaped you to be who you are today.
Sometimes learning is fun. Sometimes it’s not. We learn resilience through struggle. We learn to trust God when others let us down. We learn patience and perseverance when we face challenges. We have a choice – we can dig in our heels, avoid challenges, close our eyes, and decide we will never change or we can open our hearts, follow Jesus, and invite God’s transforming Spirit into our lives. How can you embrace spiritual learning today?
Prayer: “May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.
May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.
May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really CAN make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.
And the blessing of God the Supreme Majesty and our Creator, Jesus Christ the Incarnate Word who is our brother and Savior, and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate and Guide, be with you and remain with you, this day and forevermore. AMEN.” (A Franciscan blessing)
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].