Easter, Day 38


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

“If God’s Spirit has truly joined our spirit, then we have every reason to trust the deepest movements of our natures. This trust becomes a key for all spirituality. The goal of Christian spirituality is to recognize and respond to the continual interior movements of the Spirit, for the Spirit will always lead us toward greater union with Christ and greater love and service of God and others.”

—Richard Hauser

COMMENTARY

The West—and the United States in particular—is fascinated with forms. We like impermanent things, maybe because they can’t nail us down to anything solid or lasting, and we float in an ephemeral and transient world of argumentative ideas. But this preference isn’t bearing substantial fruit. This culture seems to be creating people who are very unsure of themselves, who are grasping in every direction for a momentary sense of identity or importance.

The goal is to get people to a deeper level, to the unified field, or “non-dual thinking,” where God alone can hold the contradictions together.

When Christians speak of Christ, we are naming an ever-growing encounter, not a fixed package that is all-complete and must be accepted as is. On the inner journey of the soul, we meet a God who interacts with our deepest selves, who grows the person, who allows and forgives mistakes. It is precisely this give-and-take, and knowing there will be give-and-take, that makes God so real. (CAC)

STILLNESS

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.


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

“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.”

—The Gospel of John, Chapter 16

STILLNESS

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

Wise and wonderful God, thank you for sending your Spirit to take me by the hand and lead me into all truth, making me wise beyond myself. Amen. (WC)

 

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ABOUT EASTER

Beginning on Easter Sunday and concluding on the Day of Pentecost, this season celebrates the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and the arrival 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