You are reading these daily devotions to pay attention to the ways God is moving in the world. It is a time of reflection and assessment of your life. Or maybe I am projecting as that is why I participate in daily reading. I find that God continues to speak words of encouragement and direction if I am willing to enter into a relationship which relinquishes my assumption of power and knowledge. Many of us have entered gyms and fitness centers at the beginning of the year to make this “the year I get fit”. That the professional in the gym will have the power to keep me motivated to move my body in strengthening and flexibility. After a honest look at the scales I have given up my eating patterns to follow a controlled eating plan in my desire to lose weight. I believe someone has found the exact plan that will allow me to achieve my goal weight. I believe this word from the psalm is saying something similar. What I have been doing that is not pleasing to God, give me the strength to stop. Let me leave on my plate the words of gossip, the feelings of impatience, the desire to control someone else. Help me to be filled
with a spirit of compassion and an abundance of acceptance. Let me have a strong work out with mercy, hope and grace for all people. May I sweat for justice making the circle wide for inclusion of all the beloved children of God. Forgive me Jesus and help me to forgive others as well. We pray this in your name. Amen.
Today, God, show me the way to work your plan in my life. May it be so. Amen.
Reverend Jo Mead is pastor at University United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas. A place where all are welcomed and needed to find shalom in the world.
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