Easter, Day 32


Morning

Today’s morning meditation is available below in audio and script formats. The audio version is also available to download for free on the player.

READING

“Mysticism is the art of union with Reality.” (Evelyn Underhill)

The primary effect of God’s Spirit acting in people will be love, both for one another and for God. God’s Spirit joins our spirit; it does not replace it. The good acts we perform are truly our acts, not simply acts of the Holy Spirit in us. The deepest part of the self is the spiritual dimension. From the center flows all our freedom and love; at this level we remain free to choose to move or not to move with the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is indeed active in us at all times drawing us toward greater love and service of God and others, but the Spirit does not control our response. That flows from our freedom. (CAC)

QUIET

The Hebrew word, “ruach,” means "air in motion." In The English Bible, this word gets translated as “breath” or “spirit.” As you begin your day, spend a few moments being still and observing your breathing, God’s Spirit alive in you.

PRAYER

• for our national and local communities

• for the European Union

• for those trapped in slavery


Evening

Today’s evening meditation is available below in audio and script formats. The audio version is also available to download for free on the player.

READING

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your walk with God, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

As you ponder Jesus, the living Stone—rejected by many, but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a sacred people. (1 Peter 2)

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, you take ordinary people and anoint them into service. May I be a living stone in your church today, so that my every word, thought, and action may be a sacrifice to you. Amen. (HC)

 

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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