A moment with God and Chad this morning…

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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: 5 I am writing to you, children, because your sins have been forgiven for his name’s sake. 6

I am writing to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.

I am writing to you, young men,
because you have conquered the Evil One.

I write to you, children,
because you know the Father.

I write to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men,
because you are strong and the word of God remains in you,
and you have conquered the Evil One.

Do not love the world or the things of the world.
If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world,
sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life,
is not from the Father but is from the world.
Yet the world and its enticement are passing away.
But whoever does the will of God remains forever.

Observation:  I awoke this morning to my oldest child retelling me a nightmare that he had last night.  It involved him seeing God say “Hi” to him and then he didn’t see him anymore and a lot of test tubes.  I struggled with how I would explain the dream to him and asked him why he was so afraid.  I told him to remember what our Pastor said a couple of weeks ago, which was that his favorite phrase from the Word of God is “Do not be afraid.”  He said he wanted to stay with me as I journaled, so I went and made my coffee, said my morning prayers and then sat down to journal in his room.  I asked him if I could read the first reading to him out loud and he consented.  I don’t know if I need to say this or not, but I was blown away by what the God revealed to us in the first reading today.  After reading the gospel reading to him, he asked how they got the stories from the Bible, and I explained that when something miraculous or important happens in your life, you remember it.  I told him it was like what happened to him this morning, by the Word of God speaking directly to his situation, it would be something he would remember and then tell the story later.  If the story was profound enough, like the stories about Jesus’ life, someone would eventually write them down and they could be retold for centuries to come.  Hmmm!

Personification:  Gentleness  It is only by displaying the fruit of gentleness that I can get through to my children or anyone for that matter.  Thanks be to God that he graces me with the restraint to keep me from reacting to every situation the way that the world would have me react, and for being there to explain things the way that only you can.

Prayer:  Thank you Lord for being there to provide for me and my family, not just your Word but everything we have and everything that you are creating us to be.  In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

What a Christmas present this is…Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways. (Psalm 128:1)

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Gift:  Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe) – With the gift of wonder and awe (fear of the lord), we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love.  

 

   

Reading:  For the LORD sets a father in honor over his children; a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons.  He who honors his father atones for sins; he stores up riches who reveres his mother.  He who honors his father is gladdened by children, and when he prays he is heard.  He who reveres his father will live a long life; he obeys the LORD who brings comfort to his mother.  (Sirach 3:2-6)

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Like a fruitful vine your wife within your home, Like olive plants your children around your table.  (Psalm 128:3)

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Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord.  (Colossians 3:20)

Observation:  In the first reading, the responsorial psalm and the second reading today, I heard that the Lord is interested in giving us a happy home if we only follow his commands for us.  The Lord tells us of the rewards for honoring our parents in the first reading.  I see a beautiful picture that is painted of a loving family that is rooted in the truth in the responsorial psalm.  Finally, of course, I love the idea of children obeying their parents talked about in the second reading.  This verse, is not to be taken out of context of course, because Saint Paul says this only after admonishing everyone, including parents to be full of compassion, love, humility and forgiveness.

Personification:  Patience  I hope to be able to display the fruit of patience with my family today.  If I could only keep in my mind how much patience the Lord has had with me, hopefully I will see how to be patient with my family.  Of course, if you read the second reading, Saint Paul mentions kindness, gentleness and love as well as the other fruits that I wrote about just above.  It is important to keep all of these fruits of the Spirit in mind when trying to live out what God is calling me to.

Prayer:  Lord, I know that I choose to focus on one or two fruits of your Spirit every day, but please help me to better display all the fruits of your Spirit in my life.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.