Thursday, January 5, 2012

Christmas - January 5

Psalm 2, 110, 29, 98

Jonah 2:2-9

Isaiah 66:18-23

Ephesians 6:10-20

Romans 15:7-13

John 11:17-27, 38-44

One of the greatest discouragements in my spiritual life is the feeling of being truly alone – those moments of sincere doubt when I wonder if it is all really worth it. Doubt, challenged by some as a lack of faith, gives us amazing opportunities to grow. Jonah, after doubting and actively challenging God’s direction, finds himself in the belly of the great beast separated from the world. Even in the belly of the beast in the depths of the sea, he learns he is not separated from God.

God’s eternal presence and revelation through any number of great and small miracles around me each day sustain me through the moments of questioning. God does not have to perform a Jonah miracle to get our attention. When we pay close attention, God provides regular miracles each day: unexpected interactions with people or his creation, a revelation from the Scriptures, a message or gift that is exactly what we need.

Let us get open ourselves to those daily miracles that remind us of God’s presence in our life, and let us not be afraid to doubt for finding the answers to those questions leads to spiritual growth.

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