Gift: Fortitude (Courage) – With the gift of courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risk as a follower of Jesus. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or even physical harm and death.
Reading: 2 There an angel of the LORD appeared to him in fire flaming out of a bush. As he looked on, he was surprised to see that the bush, though on fire, was not consumed. God said, “Come no nearer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. 3 I am the God of your father,” he continued, “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.” Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. (Exodus 3:2,5-6)
Observation: Yesterday at our Camp Saint Alice, our technical director and video production man played a video that he created that showed the name of God, who is called by many names. In this particular video, he thought it would be funny to show a picture of a burning bush, as he played the part of the song by the late Notorious B.I.G. that said, “I love it when they call me Big Poppa”. Of course, the song was about the original artist, but I quite enjoyed the idea of switching it up and making it about another name that we could call Our Father in heaven. At the time, I didn’t know why David chose to put a picture of the burning bush in the video, because there are so many other visual representations of God. However, looking back on it now, it was the best visual representation to catch the attention of the kids. Although, I think most of them missed it.
Personification: Kindness I know that I referenced kindness in my journal yesterday because it is so easy to put gentleness and kindness in to the same prayer. To me, the fruit of kindness comes from gentleness and the fruit of gentleness comes from kindness. I hope that I can receive the necessary grace to display both fruits of the holy Spirit in my life today.
Prayer: Lord, help me to display the fruit of kindness and allow me to share this fruit with everyone I meet with all the gentleness that you have shown me. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.