Rest your soul through reflective journaling,
and worshiping the Creator who
longs for intimacy with each of us!
Yahweh, life has been heavy lately for all of us. There is brokenness in this world we each feel. In this, remind us how desperately incomplete we are without You!
As loved ones and strangers alike inflict pain on me, Lord, please give me a heart that reflects Your love. You delight in mercy (Micah 7:18), and it was Your Son who taught us to forgive tenfold, not for the purpose of counting tallies against our brothers and sisters who hurt us, but with the knowledge that You forgive us everyday for our own sins. (Matthew 18:22, 35) You are the only One who can make our spirits feel whole, God, and I want so badly to show others what wholeness in You looks like!
When my mind and body grow weary in suffering, simplify my thoughts, God, and focus them on Your sweet, unending, incomprehensible love, Lord. Be my strength in these times of trouble and straighten my path so my steps do not falter. (Psalm 37:31, 39-40) I pray for my brothers and sisters in this same way, that we may be blameless in Your eyes, Yahweh. May it be as You’ve said that on the day of judgement, we will know You and will be made whole, praising You in all Your glory. It is in Your Son’s name I pray this, Amen.
A beautiful thing about God is His inclination toward mercy and forgiveness. He’s the purest embodiment of love, and we are made in His image! (Genesis 1:26) God shows us the ultimate act of love when Jesus died on the cross for our sin then resurrected, reconciling us to God so we may live with Him eternally. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
Eternal life with Him starts now and He has called us to spread the news of this ministry of reconciliation to lost souls in this life. (2 Corinthians 5:19-21) If we view our daily interactions and conflicts through this lens, forgiveness and mercy will come naturally. We have all been hurt and we have all hurt others, but with God as our example, we can reconcile our relationships.
Challenge yourself to understand why someone may have wronged you; ask questions and communicate your pain to them. If you wronged someone else, listen to them and allow them to feel heard. This creates a space to restore what was broken and move forward with love and hope rather than hate and fear. Remember, we are each more similar to one another than different, and often, we share the same fears.
Prayer is central to our ministry as believers in Jesus as we carry eachother’s burdens and intercede for one another. Our team is honored to share the work of praying alongside you!