What Path Do You Choose?
Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens;
Psalm 36 is a Psalm of contrasts. Verses 5-9 including those above are filled with glorious images and promises of God’s love and faithfulness. However, in the early verses of the Psalm we get a portrait of the wicked and their ways. Admittedly the world is filled with both kinds of people. There are wicked people who plot to destroy and make no attempt to turn from evil. In contrast there are those who walk in God’s paths (though none of us do it perfectly) and reap the wondrous gifts described.
This is a choice that we make daily. What path are you on? How do you course correct when you start going down the wrong path? I suspect many of us have been there at some point. We may know and pray for others who are not enjoying God’s unfailing love.
My Stephen Ministry group is just completing a study of Max Lucado’s book Grace: More Than We Deserve – Greater Than We Imagine. There he writes “He [God] dispenses his goodness not with an eyedropper but a fire hydrant. Your heart is a Dixie cup, and his grace is the Mediterranean Sea. You simply can’t contain it all.” So whether we are drinking in God’s love, His faithfulness, or His grace, God’s goodness washes over us in abundance, if we love Him. We can set ourselves up as personal idols, convincing ourselves that we can live however we want without consequences to ourselves or others. Or we can choose to live in the tender care of the One who is loves us unconditionally. What is your choice?
God of abundance. Help me to choose your path and shelter me in the shadow of your wings. Amen
Resources for Spiritual Growth and Development
Center for Action and Contemplation
Fr. Richard Rohr is a Franciscan of the New Mexico Province and the Founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
This is a wonderful spiritual resource from author and retreat and conference speaker, and spiritual "midwife". Joyce has a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in English, a M.R.E. (Masters in Religious Education), and a M.A. (Master of Arts) in Transpersonal Psychology. She is a member of the Servite Community (Servants of Mary) and was a volunteer for Hospice for fifteen years. She currently resides in Des Moines, Iowa. To sign up for her monthly newsletter go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Grace from Women of the ELCA (WELCA)
Daily Grace is an on-the-go companion for your journey, offering a faith reflection every day. Encounter God’s extravagant, boundless and often surprising grace by signing up for a daily email message. You can also download the newly updated app for your IOS and Android devices.
God Pause Daily Devotion
Looking for spiritual refreshment? God Pause email devotions are short, meaningful reflections on the following Sunday's lessons and gospel delivered directly to your email box. By Sunday, you'll be ready for an extra meaningful worship experience.
Melissa's Prayer Journal: The Power of Prayer in the Face of Cancer
ELCA Daily Bible Reading
There you will find a link to sign up.
Center for Action and Contemplation
If you are drawn to Lectio Divina as a prayer practice, Lectio365 is a daily devotional virtual resource that helps you pray the Bible every day. Written by leaders from the 24-7 Prayer movement, this resource helps you engage with the word, fix your eyes on Jesus, and connect with God in prayer.
TEXT & AUDIO – Read or listen to every devotional.
The app is free and is available through the Google Play store.
Spiritual Direction – Seeking a Spiritual Companion
Spiritual direction is, in reality, nothing more than a way of leading us to see and obey the real Director — the Holy Spirit hidden in the depths of our soul. (Thomas Merton, Trappist monk, USA)
Some of you may wish to seek a spiritual director as a way to nurture your own spirituality. Spiritual maturity and growth is critical for the parish nurse. As you support others in body, mind, and spirit, tending to your own soul is important. Spiritual Direction is only one way of keeping yourself centered and grounded spiritually. You perhaps have other disciplines and practices that meet this need for you.
Contact Carol DeSchepper for a more in-depth discussion of Spiritual Direction, including access to a web site to locate a Spiritual Director.