I hope that you are off to a great year. First, I want to remind you that greatness is not the absence of adversity. Greatness is deeply rooted in our faith that God is God in spite of circumstances. It is such faith that empowers the greatness of your day.
Secondly, I’ve been thinking about the importance of scripture in everyday life. There is no denying that we are living through difficult times. If we focus on what’s in the news, we would live in fear and even depression. Each day, I find solace in prayer and meditation on the Word of God.
African American Slave history inspires us to integrate scripture and spirituality in our everyday life. For them and for us scripture is not simply words on a page. The Word becomes flesh when we learn how the principles of scripture interweave the story of our lives.
For example, the Spiritual, “I Got a Home in that Rock:”
I got a home in that rock, well, don’t you see?
Way between the earth and sky
I thought I heard my Savior cry
Well-a poor Lazarus poor as I
When he died he had a home on high
He had a home in that rock don’t you see?
The rich man died and lived so well
When he died he had a home in Hell
He had no home in that rock, well, don’t you see?
God gave Noah the rainbow sign
No more water but the fire next time
He had a home in that rock, well, don’t you see?
You better get a home in that rock, don’t you see?
May this week be a prayerful week while we rediscover our home in that rock with Lazarus.
Consider the following passage from Psalm 27:11–14 as words for meditation.
Teach me your way, O LORD,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.
I believe that I shall look
upon the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living!
Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!
Grace and peace,
January 9, 2017