Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast.
If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light around me become night’,
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light to you. Psalm 139:7-12
Saturday’s Meditation – Psalm 138
I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down towards your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
for you have exalted your name and your word
On the day I called, you answered me,
you increased my strength of soul.
The dead man came out. John 11:30-44 The body response to the spirit within. If the spirit is darkness the body remains bound. If the spirit is light the body is free. Unbind him, and let him go.
Lord if you had been there… John 11:17-29 In the heart of those who believe, wherever they are the Spirit of God is there within them.
Those who walk during the day do not stumble… John 11:1-16 Every door that we pass through is open for a reason. The amount light we perceive depends on the transparency of our heart.
Is it not written… I said you are gods… John 10:31-42 What does it matter what I call myself? What does it matter what you see when when you look at me? Based on your own understanding of who you think I am, and your disbelief, why do you try to limit me and diminish my works? As we are blessed with another day, we are blessed with another opportunity to open our heart and our mind to another newness of life. If our thoughts and works do not change, we will not change. We will not believe that newness of life is possible. We will limit and diminish the self. Yet, we are because of the I AM and remember that God has no limits.
What my Father has given me… no one can snatch it out… John 10:19-30 The first African American Ballerina (Misty Copeland) to dance the lead in Swan Lake, defies convention. Her desire to dance was stronger than convention; stronger than the shortsightedness that is characteristic in prejudice, fear and oppression of what others believed her to be. Yet, she is the first of many firsts and some may never believe nor understand that God’s gifts are given without respect of person. With her heart and mind of one accord, the gift Misty was given could not be snatched away. So too, with one accord in heart and mind, what God gives to us, is for us. Only in discord of heart and mind can it be rendered inactive, ineffective or incomplete. At evening rest we dream our dreams, while in the day let us continue to strive and live as they come into being.
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Saturday’s Meditation – Psalm 30:1, 11-12
I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up,
and did not let my foes rejoice over me.
You have turned my mourning into dancing;
you have taken off my sackcloth
and clothed me with joy,
so that my soul* may praise you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you for ever.
One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see. John 9:18-41 They wanted to remind him of his past. They wanted to convince him that this blessing of sight was a trick, perhaps even short-lived. But the man born blind wouldn’t let that keep him from believing that his sight was nothing short of a miracle by someone whom even the authorities had no answer. Clarity isn’t always easy to come by and there is more stimuli in the world now than at anytime previous. Whether we are born blind or become blind, out of love, what we know is that whatever is now behind us does not affect God’s desire for us to see. Keep looking forward.
… I went and washed and received my sight John 9:1-17 Washing, for us, is a simple act; something we do everyday. If in faith we do today what we are called to do, so too we soon see God’s grace and mercy, are simple acts taking place in and around us everyday.