“All of us have been given to drink of the same Spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 12.13
Let taking deep breaths and drinks of water remind you this week to pray, “Come, Holy Spirit. Fill the hearts of us all.”
“To them I have revealed your name, so that your love for me may live in them.” – John 17.26
Whose kindnesses and love bring this text alive in your life? How can you, too, have Christ’s love live on in your daily tasks?
Put a photo of someone you admire or love in a place where you see it daily. Give thanks to God for this person in your life.
Prayer for the week
Come, Holy Spirit.
“Peace is my gift to you.” – John 14.27
Jesus promises his disciples peace. He sends them on Easter evening to be instruments of his peace and forgiveness as God has sent him. Be an instrument of peace in your family and office.
Look over the day each evening to see how what the Spirit of Christ risen is teaching you.
Prayer of the week: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
“I give you a new commandment: Love one another.”
The risen Jesus makes “Love one another” the simple command he leaves with his friends. Love is not only a feeling but a verb, actions we do. Serve. Include. Forgive. Share. Reach out. Listen. Comfort.
Pay attention to local and world news events about people of other cultures and religions, or those suffering neglect or hate. Pray for them. Live your prayer and the new commandment at home and in the office. Find a way to step beyond your usual circle to help someone in need of food, education, shelter, presence.
Prayer of the Week: God is good to all and compassionate toward all God has made.
“My sheep hear my voice. I know them and they follow me.” – John 10.27
Good shepherds care for their flocks, or employees, or clients, or students as they do for themselves. They accompany their flocks through danger, drought, and dark valleys.
Hear what God’s voice directs you to do in your daily life. Be a caring friend and coworker this week, especially to those who seem outside the flock or in danger.
Prayer of the Week: Lord, you are my shepherd. Let me hear your voice.
In “Breakable,” Ingrid Michaelson elaborates on how fragile our hearts are. Entering into relationship with others, whether it is friendship or romantic love, puts us in a vulnerable position because letting these people into our lives gives them the opportunity to both love and hurt us. God calls us to love others as we love ourselves. Remembering to love ourselves by making choices that keep us safe and healthy helps to protect our precious hearts and allows us to love God’s creation to the best of our ability.
Key Lyrics: Have you ever thought about what protects our hearts? / Just a cage of rib bones and other various parts. / So it’s fairly simple to cut right through the mess, / And to stop the muscle that makes us confess
Questions: Close your eyes and think of a time when you felt hurt or mistreated by someone you cared about. Stand up, and put your body into a position that represents how you felt in that experience. Shake it off. Now, think of a time when you felt genuinely loved by someone, comfortable in your skin and appreciated simply for being you. Put your body into a position that represents how being loved felt.