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Day 40 – Issue 20

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Be Still Know

John 14:26 NLT

‘But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative – that is, the Holy Spirit – he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.’

Jayne produced a wonderful Christmas present when she presented me with a copy of Rublev’s icon, The Hospitality of Abraham. It depicts the time when three angels sat with Abraham under the Oak of Mamre. It has subsequently been interpreted as a picture of the Trinity. The three persons represent the members of the Trinity seated in harmonious conversation with each other. I love sitting and meditating upon the icon.

At times I too need to remember that God is available for conversation, even over issues with which I am confused and where I appear to disagree with the historic teaching of the Church. Questioning is part and parcel of pursuing a deeper encounter with God, and honest questions are invited by him as we seek to find our way through life as faith-filled disciples.

So it is I often consider this icon as I close out my day. I acknowledge that Jesus as incarnate in the earth knows well the rough and tumble of navigating each day, with its demands and surprises. God as my Source or Father invites me to shelter within the embrace of his forever love. While the Holy Spirit responds to my invitation to cleanse me from the dust and weariness of the day, to set aside the misjudgements and mistakes, to give thanks for the numerous good things that I perhaps failed to notice along the way.

As I start my day by crossing myself in acknowledgement of the three in one, I also conclude my day by crossing myself again, commending my safekeeping into God’s hands at the close of yet another apparently mundane 24 hours. God has been woven throughout the apparently ordinary, and where I have responded, there is a beautiful gold thread that speaks of God’s presence in my everyday life.

And so day by day I order my time by placing Christ before me and seeking to invite God’s presence to lead, sustain and challenge me each step of the way.

QUESTION: At which points of the day do you pause and take time to consider God?

PRAYER: Lord, go before me and behind me, be to my left and my right.

Written by: Matt Weet

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