“Love isn’t something we produce. Love, like dancing, is surrendering to the music on the divine dance floor. We may need to remind ourselves … “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God and God abides in them (1 John 4:16).” (p 28)
Is it freeing or frightening to consider that love is surrendering?
The Father and I are one. Believe [my] works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.
John 10:30, 38
Scriptural Focus: But if I do [these good words] even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
Facing this day: Join the dance of God today.
“The Jesus Creed begins in the face of God, for until we see in the face of God the love God has for us, we will not find the strength to love God, to love ourselves, or to love others. This love begins in the face of God.” (p 22)
Can you see it?
“The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.” Numbers 6:25-26
“This prayer of Israel summons Israel to experience the healing glory of gazing into the face of God…. God’s face is turned toward us with divine delight in who we are, and we are invited to turn our faces toward God to find grace and peace.” (p 22)
Do you want to take time today to look into God’s loving face?
Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Scriptural Focus: The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
Facing this day: Face God today and discover the face of love.
How does it strike you that after Jesus is asked by the scribe “Who is my neighbor?” he first tells a story about a person who helped one in need and then asks the scribe, “Which of these three do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
Who have you seen today that you are neighbor to?
Scot McKnight suggests that some of the religious leaders of Jesus’ day practiced a “‘love of Torah’ that created boundary lines between neighbors and non-neighbors. Jesus turned that Pharisee expression around and believed in a ‘Torah of love’ that crossed boundaries by redefining the word ‘neighbor.'” (p 12)
What about us? Does our faith, our religion, our “doctrines” create boundaries and barriers that separate us from one another and serve to keep our love “close to home”?
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Scriptural focus: “Which of these three [priest, Levite, Samartian], do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” [The scribe] said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Facing this day: Love the one who happens to be your neighbor today.
Why not let the Jesus Creed be the last thought on your mind tonight as you go to sleep and first thought on your mind tomorrow as you awake?
“Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all you heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:29-31
McKnight claims “the heart is the center of one’s affections,” “the soul is center of one’s spirituality,” “the mind is the center of one’s rationality,” and “strength refers to our whole being … you body, your ambitions, your dreams, your bank account, your insurance policy, and your talents.” (pp 9 – 10)
He suggests –
- Give what comes to mind to God by gently offering those affections and persons and ambitions today.
- Give what comes to mind to God by offering your very soul to God.
- Give your mind, all you think about today, to God.
- To love is to give of ourselves; to love God is to give God all we are and all we have. (pp 9 – 11)
Facing the Day: Offer you love today to God.