FOR TODAY Read the following quote by Maya Angelou: “That's the biggest gift I can give anybody: Wake up, be aware of who you are, what you're doing and what you can do to prevent yourself from becoming ill.”
If we think of illness as more than something physical, instead, a soul sickness, then the gift we have been given in the Incarnation is the call to trust in the Way of Love as Bishop Curry reminds us. Brennan Manning put it this way: “My trust in God flows out of the experience of his loving me, day in and day out, whether the day is stormy or fair, whether I’m sick or in good health, whether I’m in a state of grace or disgrace. He comes to me where I live and loves me as I am.” When we wake up to this belovedness, we are changed.
FOR FURTHER REFLECTION How or with whom did you experience this sense of belovedness? We all go through times when life or challenges seemed dark, depressing or even impossible. How has being a follower of Jesus and seeking the Way of Love awakened your sense of identity and purpose in the world?
This second week focuses on the word awake. As Christians, we often find ourselves called into cycles of newness and resurrection. The good news is that we are never alone in the process. With God at our side we can trust that every time we are called to wake up to new ways of seeing or being, we are learning more about ourselves and our purpose. Trusting in the process allows us to grow even closer to God. Find all previous daily devotionals here