Gift: Understanding – With the gift of understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by all the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live.
Reading: Let this be written for the next generation,
for a people not yet born,
that they may praise the LORD:
*“The LORD looked down from the holy heights,
viewed the earth from heaven,
To attend to the groaning of the prisoners,
to release those doomed to die.” (Psalm 102:19-21)
Observation: I recognize that the Psalmist is talking about all of us who are doomed to die here on earth, to continue groaning to God because we know that he will hear our groaning and answer us. It is only through the recognition that it is not after death that God will save us, but rather during our life that we can be saved, if we only remember that we are doomed to die and keep trusting in God’s grace to bring us to eternal life.
Personification: Love It is the fruit of love that I hope to display. The fruit of love that brings with it truth of God’s grace to everyone that I meet today. It is only possible for me to display this fruit because of the grace that comes from the church and my willingness to take part in the activities in the church to bring God’s grace to me.
Prayer: Lord, help me to stay faithful to you, no matter how unwilling my flesh may be at times. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.