The song says what we do when we don’t recognize all that God does for us…
Reading: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, 9 because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19)
Observation: Whenever I remember reading this passage before, I remember hearing Jesus read something that says that he is the Son of God. It strikes me this morning that I am hearing for the first time that Jesus was prophetically speaking about his ministry in the manner of Elijah and Elisha as prophet. It is easy to see Jesus as a Messiah or Savior, but much more difficult to see that he was a prophet to his own people. I guess in light of the fact that the Israelites had eventually rejected all of their prophets too, it should be easier to see Jesus as a prophet.
Personification: Love (Charity) The definition of love (charity) from the format for journaling has provided the context for displaying this fruit today and for the rest of my life. If I can continue to sense the needs of others around me, and this need overwhelms my will to act on my own behalf, than I can be assured of the fact that I am acting in God’s will and not my own.
Prayer: Lord, help me to understand the real needs of others around me and allow me to see that I can act out of love for them by providing for their needs with the grace provided by God for all the strength I will need to accomplish any task. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.