Easter, Day 34


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

To be right, we must do one of two things: either we must learn to have God in our work and hold fast to him there, or we must give up our work altogether. Since, however, we cannot live without activities that are both human and various, we must learn to keep God in everything we do, and whatever the job or place, keep on with him, letting nothing stand in our way.

—Meister Eckhart

COMMENTARY

Everybody knows what it is like to share the highway with a bad driver. He is driving along in the lane next to you and suddenly, without warning, he wanders into your lane. Then, with equal abruptness, he realizes what he has done and overreacts – first with the brake, then with the accelerator – and darts back into his own lane. He’s an accident waiting to happen. 

If we could only see it, everything in life suffers like this when attention wanders. A mind that darts from subject to subject is out of control, and the person who follows its whims weaves through life, running into difficult situations and colliding with other people. But the mind that is steady stays in its own lane. It cannot be swept away by an impulsive desire or fear; it cannot be haunted by an unpleasant memory or by anxiety about the future. There is no skill more worth learning than the art of directing attention as we choose. (WLB)

STILLNESS

As your day begins, spend few moments in silence and stillness. Let God be the only goal of your thoughts and your attention. As contrary thoughts emerge, and your mind tries to wander, gently refocus your attention back on to God.


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

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.”

—The Gospel According to John, Chapter 14

STILLNESS

As your day draws to a close, spend few moments in contemplation. 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

Gentle God, you don’t give us detached morality, depersonalized dogma, or a tidy set of life principles. You won’t allow for that because you’ve made it all personal. Help me to reorient my whole life around you; show me all the ways that you are all that I need and seek. Amen. (BC)

 

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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 Eknath Easwaran’s, “Words To Live By”

WLC Westminster Larger Catechism

WSC Westminster Shorter Catechism

CIB Church In Bethesda Prayers