So often, it is easy to invert our gaze, looking only upon our own souls and how we personally relate to the Father (and He to us). But, as part of the family of God, we are called into community and incarnational living, one with another.
Today’s Weekly Breather exercise follows hand-in-hand with the Wednesday post this week and welcoming others.
Settle Yourself: Release
Stop. Breathe in deeply. Breathe out slowly. Take another deep breath. Breathe out the stress of your day and breathe in the peace of God. If there is anything on your mind, any task that is left undone, or anything that would distract you from God’s presence, offer it up to God and ask Him to hold it for you. When your heart and mind is clear, focus on his Word.
Listen: Rest in the Word
Read these passages through slowly a few times. If you can, read them out loud at least once.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
Listen contemplatively. What is the word saying within you?
Reflect: Feast on the Word
Spend some time reflecting.
In what ways have I been welcoming of others? In what ways have I shown them the true nature of incarnational community? Is God inviting me to make space for welcoming someone? What might that look like?
Lord, help me to see other people through your eyes. Help me to be sensitive to your leading and see the people You have placed before me. Show me how to welcome them into my life and into deepening faith in You. Rid me of the things that keep me from being appropriately open to other people and the spiritual friendships that build community. Amen.