Gift: the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints.
Reading: He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables, and to those who sold doves he said, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace. (John 2:15-16)
Observation: Sometime back, they completed construction of a new 40,000 square ft Planned Parenthood facility in our town of Springfield, Oregon. Shortly after that, one of our local churches put up a new electronic banner on our major highway that says, “Springfield – City of God”. The first time I saw the sign, I thought about the fact that if we are the City of God, shouldn’t we be acting like it. I mean, we should be standing up and protesting this facility that plans to kill babies, once the surgery rooms are completed.
Personification: Peace. When I tell you what I am planning, you may wonder how I can plan on displaying the fruit of peace when I am planning on holding a sign that says, “MURDERERS” outside of the new facility. It is my hope that more people will know what they are planning on doing there. However, I need to focus on peace to keep myself from being like Jesus and turning over the tables, and do whatever I need to do to restrain myself and keep my protest peaceful.
Prayer: Lord, make me bold enough to do your work in our small town, but diligent enough to continue to focus on peace. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…Amen!