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Daily Devotionals

Day 34 – Issue 20

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Be Still Know

Philippians 2:3 NLT

‘Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.’

If prayer is about both being present with God and experiencing God’s love, it runs the risk of being a rather self-absorbed activity. However, it also demands that I express God’s love through compassionate service. Once I discover how much I am loved by God, and experience the quality of that love, then I am envisioned and inspired to carry that love into every corner of the world I inhabit.

Mum’s experience in a care home while Jayne and I enjoyed some respite was an interesting one. Mum experienced the kindness of the staff at every level, and knew she was safe, yet yearned to return home. There is something about home comforts which, for whatever reason, cannot be recreated corporately. Or if it can, we don’t often achieve it. This is where that invisible line of the compassionate heart expressing God’s life operates. Mother Teresa is perhaps the most visible embodiment of such care in recent years. I have read those who criticise her actions as a celebration of poverty. However, all she saw was each individual as an image of God in the earth and went about seeking to offer them the very love of God in the most desperate of circumstances.

I’m one of those who wax lyrical about her selfless love from the safety of the terraces. My heart is warmed and vicariously I feel caught up in the compassionate love of God in the earth. Yet, I do so without offering myself in any way. I am now experiencing my second phase of caring – first Katey, and now Mum – and neither has proven easy. Because  individuals have desires as well as needs, I want to systemise my caring regime so it is as efficient and effective as it is loving. Having my heart available is inconvenient, as it intrudes upon my life choices. Sometimes the narrative within my head seeks to harden my heart and dehumanise the very ones I am invited to love. It is a painful walk, yet perhaps this is the nature of God’s compassionate love.

QUESTION: Who is God asking you to serve and care for today?

PRAYER: Lord, you are gracious and compassionate. Grow those same characteristics in me. 

Written by: Matt Weet

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