Day 156, Morning


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

Reading

Almighty wisdom, all love, in all that is done, securely protects us through love, in joy and sorrow, by the goodness of God. All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

—Julian of Norwich 

Commentary

Love, the attraction of all things toward all things, is a universal language and underlying energy that keeps showing itself despite our best efforts to resist it. It is so simple that it is hard to teach, yet we all know love when we see it. After all, there is not a Native, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Islamic, or Christian way of loving. There is not a Methodist, Lutheran, or Orthodox way of running a soup kitchen. There is not a gay or straight way of being faithful, nor a Black or Caucasian way of hoping. We all know love when we see it. All the rest are mere labels. (CAC)

Stillness

As your day begins, spend a few moments in silence and stillness. As thoughts about the coming day begin to flood your mind, bring your mind back to love— a love that is big enough for all to draw on without ever depleting it.

Prayer

Holy God, I often move through my days with a guilty conscience, an accusing voice that tells me of the evil I have done, or the good I have failed to do. Cleanse my conscience and strengthen me to serve. Amen. (HC)

 

Abbreviations

BC The Belgic Confession

CAC The Center For Action & Contemplation

CD The Canons of Dort

CIB Church In Bethesda Prayers

HC The Heidelberg Catechism

NT The New Testament

OT The Old Testament

WC The Westminster Confession

WLB Eknath Easwaran’s, “Words To Live By”

WLC The Westminster Larger Catechism

WSC The Westminster Shorter Catechism