From the office Annette Roux, Pastoral Associate
9/2/2018 1:45:51 PM
Sept. 1 - 2, 2018

"Thy testimonies are very sure; holiness becomes your house, O Lord, forever." - Psalm 93

There is a definite wisdom and power in being true to one's authentic self.  The noted Christian mystic Howard Thurman said that each of us should follow the grain in our own wood.  Certain things reflect the true nature of who we are and other things are artificial, no matter how appropriate or appealing they may appear.  Just as young David could not fight Goliath in his life with the armor of Saul, we too cannot tackle the challenges of life with tactics that alienate us from ourselves. According to the Psalmist, holiness becomes those of us who make up the household of God.  Holiness is essentially the reflection of God's love in us, and as the temples of God we are called to be true to who we are.  Anything other than love does not become us.  Anything other than love does not fit who God has made us.  Anything other than love is artificial and alien to the Spirit of God in us.  1 John 5:7-8 says it this way: "Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.  But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”   Service.  Compassion.  Justice.  Mercy.  Forgiveness.  Restoration.  Patience.  Courage.  Liberation.  Friendship.  Kindness.  Honesty.  These are all expressions of love.  We look most like the sons and daughters of God that we are when we become these things.   Any of these look like you?

Prayer:  Dear God, We love you for who you have made us.  Now help us to become your love in a world that desperately needs to see who you are.  Amen.

Annette Roux

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