Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Delightful Giving

Deus caritas est! “…God is love.” 1 John 4:16
As we enter this season of reflection and renewal, let’s rediscover God calling to His children, revealing His goodness, and transforming each one with Perfect Love. "This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins" (1 John 4:10) ~ Donna Oswalt

 God loves us; not because we are lovable but because He is love, not because He needs to receive but because He delights to give.  C.S. Lewis



How like the blind beggar we are, sitting beside the road with life passing by us everyday. So often we are 'blind' to the opportunities to serve, the weariness of others, even the prayers offered for us! We miss the loneliness of those we know. We miss God's goodness all around us, the gestures of love by strangers and friends.

"How then were your eyes opened?" they demanded. [The beggar] replied, "The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see." John 9:10-11

When God finds us, He offers us love; He delights to give us unconditional love. If we listen to Him and follow His instructions, our eyes are opened to His goodness and grace, to the Spirit's leading, to the needs around us. As we respond in faith, we find our hearts grow more compassionate, more loving, more giving, more like Him.

READ John 9:8-12

consider this!

- What are the responses of those who knew the blind beggar?

- How is the beggar's life changed?

- Like the crowd, do I ever ask, "Where is this [Jesus]?"

Immanuel, God with us! You are with us even when we do not notice. You embrace us even when we feel unworthy. You carry us when we cannot move. You open our eyes to new possibilities. Thank You for more! Amen. -dho

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