Scripture: John 10:1-18
Key verses: (7-10) So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
Reflection: I have come to rely on a deep breath to help me be present and I know I share that with you … a lot. Mindfulness has really helped me to savor the holy in the everyday ordinary. As part of that mindful practice, is a cycle of recognizing both gratitude and pain in my days. In both of those practices, I am more aware of God. I believe that God wants deep and abiding peace for all of us. I do not think that I can bring about that peace through a deep breath, but I do have to remind myself of that occasionally.
Other faithful people hear the verse above and are willing to just sit and wait for the blessings to come. Jesus came that we may have life and have it abundantly. They hear prosperity, riches and an easy life. It is anticipation of a good life and the reward of heaven.
I don’t believe that is it either. The abundant life that Jesus brings to us is not about blessings. It’s not about what we get and it’s not even about living a good life so we can get eternal life.
Abundant life is choosing the way of Jesus. It is living right now with grace, truth and peace. Abundant life is our shared life together as Christ’s body, choosing love for each other and for the good of the world.
Prayer: God, remind me that the chief purpose of humankind is to glorify you and enjoy you forever. That probably requires some laughter. And some deep breathing. And a whole lot of love given and received. Thank you for being patient. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[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].