Usually in adulthood, we finally come to the realization of how little control we have over our lives. Everyone has experienced the uncertainty created by events they never dreamed of: divorce, death, health issues, foreclosure, and even incarceration. But then there are the paths that we freely chose, the ones that initially look quite appealing, until down the road we see signs that read, “Perdition this way -->”
No matter what path you’re on, there are times when you would prefer to just go and hibernate, hoping that all of life’s miseries would pass you by. But luckily Christ showed us a better way. He surrounded himself by those he loved and trusted. He encouraged community, and for a very good reason; so that we can love, serve and nurture one another through our lowest points. By imitating Christ, we will learn that if we both give and receive His love through one another, we will be brought back into His light. As Christians, it is our call to open ourselves to the continual giving and receiving of His love in it’s many different forms.
He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God, to comfort all who mourn. Isaiah 61:1-2
Pray by your actions. Take some time to perform a corporal or spiritual work of mercy to one in need.
Feed the hungry; Give drink to the thirsty; Clothe the naked; Harbor the harborless; Visit the sick; Ransom the captive; Bury the dead.
Instruct the ignorant; Counsel the doubtful; Admonish sinners; Bear wrongs patiently; Forgive offenses willingly; Comfort the afflicted; Pray for the living and the dead.
Open arms allow you to both give and receive. Let the healing begin.
Peace, Joy, and Love,
Invite some one to receive His love. Pass it on.