Easter, Day 31


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Morning

On Listening

Who is wise? The one who learns from all.

— The Talmud

In many disagreements – not only in the home but even at the international level – it is really not ideological differences that divide people. It is lack of respect. Most disagreements do not even require dialogue; all that is necessary is a set of flash cards.

What provokes people is not so much facts or opinions, but the arrogance of these flash cards. Kindness here means the generous admission – not only with the tongue but with the heart – that there is something in what you say, just as there is something in what I say. If I can listen to you with respect, it is usually only a short time before you listen with respect to me. Once this attitude is established, most differences can be made up. The problem is no longer insoluble.

Quiet

As your day begins, spend a few moments in silence. Breathe deep. In and out. In and out. As you exhale, allow your body and your mind to rest in the stillness.

Prayer

• for the courage to be Christlike in our neighborhoods and workplaces

• for the peace and wellbeing of our communities

• for those who work in banking and industry


Evening

Bible Reading: 1 John 4

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

This is how God showed his love among us: He entered the world in Jesus to be one of us. This is love: not that we loved God, but that God loved us.

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God springs to life in us and love becomes more complete in us. This is how we know that we live in God and God in us: God has given us a portion of his Spirit.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

Quiet

As your day draws to a close, spend few moments in silence and stillness. As you do, recall any words or phrases that stood out to you from the passage that you just read. Whisper them aloud if you wish.

Prayer

God for us, we call you Father.

God alongside us, we call you Jesus.

God within us, we call you Holy Spirit.

You are the eternal mystery that enables, enfolds, and enlivens all things, even us and even me.

Every name falls short of your goodness and greatness.

We can only see who you are in what is.

We ask for such perfect seeing— as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be.

Amen.

(CAC)

 

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About Easter

Beginning on Easter Day and concluding on the Day of Pentecost, this season celebrates the resurrection and ascension of Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.


Abbreviations

BC Belgic Confession

CAC The Center For Action & Contemplation

CD Canons of Dort

HC Heidelberg Catechism

WC Westminster Confession

WLB Words To Live By

WLC Westminster Larger Catechism

WSC Westminster Shorter Catechism

CIB Church In Bethesda Prayers