Thursday, April 03, 2014

Thursday, April 03, 2014

READING


Old Testament: Exodus 1:6-22
Morning Psalms: Psalms 69
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26
Gospel: Mark 8:27-9:1
Evening Psalms: Psalms 73

DEVOTIONAL


“…God has so arranged the body…that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.”
1 Corinthians 12:24-26

Recently, during Sunday School, one of the middle schoolers really moved me with this note: “If you are a part of a congregation and you are suffering, the congregation will suffer with you.” This, at its core, is why I’m a Christian and an Episcopalian. We are one community. When one of us suffers, we gather together and pray as an entire community. When one of us succeeds, gets accepted into college, gets a new job, sings a solo, or has some sort of exciting event happen, even if it’s simply making a new friend, we celebrate and build up that person. Every Sunday, after comforting or celebrating with my church community, I come away with uplifting thoughts that last through the week.

I continually work with God to be open to our community’s love and support. I’ve always tended toward being in control of myself and, as much as possible, my surroundings. I’ve never gotten drunk, never done drugs, never really done much of anything where I could lose control and possibly do things I’d regret later. I was always the guy you wanted at a party, since I’d be the designated driver. (Truly, people do weird stuff when they’re drunk and someone else is driving them home.) While it is great to stay in control, I find it’s also difficult to open myself up to the love and support of others. It’s so easy to answer the question, “How are you?” with, “I’m fine.” It’s incredibly difficult to actually seek someone out, tell them I am hurting, and hope that they have some words or a touch to comfort.

God, help me trust Your presence through my community’s love and support. Teach me to lose control so that I can find a place for the vulnerability to accept comfort and celebration within my church community. Amen.
TL


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