Gift: Wisdom– With the gift of wisdom, we see God at work in our lives and in the world. For the wise person, the wonders of nature, historical events, and the ups and downs of our lives take on deeper meaning. The matters of judgment about the truth, and being able to see the image of God.
Reading: Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? (Luke 5:23)
Observation: If we are truly Christian, we should accept that we are forgiven for our sins by the power of God, who sent his Son to suffer and die in place of the punishment that we deserve for the life that we have lived to this point. So, now are we waiting like the scribes and Pharisees, who Jesus had to perform the healing of the paralytic man for, to prove that He has the power to forgive sins. Today, I am asking myself about all the things in my life, that are like the paralytic man, that I am waiting to be healed to prove that Jesus has the power to forgive my sin. I need to accept my paralysis and redeem it with the power of forgiveness that comes from the grace of God.
Personification: Faithfulness. The fruit of faithfulness is a great fruit for me to display today to prove to God that I am no longer waiting to see miracles to believe. How do I show faithfulness, but by being present for the work that God is doing in and through me today.
Prayer: Lord, help me recognize your goodness in everyone I meet today and be a vehicle of your grace to all the ones that you would have me embrace with your love. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit…Amen!