Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
Experiencing God’s limitless love…
The Creighton University’s Daily Lent Prayer for today closes with this prayer. “Father of my soul, I know your love for me is limitless beyond imagining. You care for me as a loving parent. Through my smallest Lenten sacrifices, help me to become less selfish and more aware of your ways. Fan the flame of my desire to draw ever closer to you. Guide me to seek your love.”
Early yesterday when I read the prayer above I suddenly experienced God’s love for me in a way I’ve never felt before. Later as we listened to my doctor explain to me the extent of my prostate cancer and options available to me I found myself bathed in peace. Since the cancerous area is tiny we decided to, at least for the present time wait, monitor it on a regular basis, and see what transpires. At no other time in my life have these words had such powerful impact on me, “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4, NLT)
When I first started writing in 1999 my personal mission statement went something like this: “LORD, my mission is to make Jesus as real as I can to as many people as I possibly can.” I continue to hold true to my mission statement because I believe each person needs a Jesus that is real to him or her, a Jesus that relates to his or her own personal life story. Lately I’ve felt the need to add: to make God’s limitless love as real as I can to as many people as I possibly can.
One thing I’ve learned about reality is for something or someone to be real it or they need to be experienced. Jesus needs to be experienced to become real. God’s limitless love needs to be experienced to be real. We cannot give each other experience, experience is a very personal journey. Experience like the song says, “Nobody else can walk it for us.” However, nothing says we can’t walk with each other. The 40 days of Lent give us time to experience Jesus, to experience God’s limitless love as expressed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Each of us needs to do our own walking but let’s walk together with the Holy Spirit.
“Even when we walk through the darkest valley, we will not be afraid, for we are close beside each other. The Holy Spirit will protect and comfort us.” (Psalm 23:4, adapted)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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