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Empty Handed

8 February 2024

He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 147:3

[Excerpted from Of Water and Spirit Sharing Services, Herald House, p. 6]

We know Jesus will not wait on us to be at work in the world. When we find him, we have the choice to resist or join in. We are called to follow Jesus into a maturity of faith and life as a disciple. We are called to live our mission, even when tempted to stay safe and small. We can travel along the same paths, inattentively meandering with everyone else, assuming he is with us. Or we can wake up, attentive enough to recognize his absence in our own agenda, and begin the search for Christ alive in the world.

There is something to learn from where we find Christ. We know as he matured into ministry he was found in the temple, engaging deeply and fully in his faith. He was listening, questioning, confronting. We may find him at a sinner’s table, healing the blind beggar, and calling for mercy for a woman sentenced to death. We may find him denouncing our fear amid the storm, and in the mountains for renewal and prayer. We may find him feeding the masses and breaking bread in the upper room with his beloved community. We find him on the cross, but when we look in the tomb, again he is not where we expect him to be. We find him in fullness of life.

It is not that Jesus ever really leaves us; but that when we stop seeking, we may stop seeing. Once we think we already know all there is to know, we find ourselves strangely emptyhanded, retracing our steps, looking for the One who calls us continually to grow.

Prayer Phrase

“…he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love” (Lamentations 3:32).

Spiritual Practice

Breathing God’s Compassion

Light a candle and sit quietly, reflecting on the fire and light of God. Pay attention to your breathing and let it become calmer and deeper as you focus on God’s presence. Ask God to breathe in you. Image each breath carrying the light of God into your lungs, bloodstream, and every cell in your body until God’s Spirit fills you. Now imagine breathing out God’s compassion and grace each time you exhale. Pray to have the Spirit of Christ radiate from your life like the gentle flame of a candle.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.

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