“A paradox is a truth standing on it’s head to attract attention to itself.” – GK Chesterton

Sower - Thorns

Gift:  Piety (Reverence) – With the gift of reverence, sometimes called piety, we have a deep sense of respect for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love.

Reading:  For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 21  (Matthew 16:25)

Observation:  Last Friday, I received a flyer about a t-shirt company called “Paradox”.  It was one flyer of about 20 that I received when our group checked in to the Steubenville San Diego Youth Conference.  The quote that I used for my title today was written on this flyer.  It also said, “To live we must die.  For freedom we must surrender.  To receive we must give.  Our faith is a paradox.”  I used this to guide my reflection at our communion service, as well as a reflection from a prayer-book called, “Give us this day”  that talked about how we are chosen.

Personification:  Gentleness  It is my hope that God will provide the grace necessary for me to display the fruit of gentleness to everyone that I meet or talk to on the phone today.

Prayer:  Lord, give me the ability to see your will in every meeting with your children of God today and everyday for the rest of my life.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

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