Today’s Bible Reading and an Excerpt

2 John

Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward. Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.

More thoughts for meditation

There is a great deal of turmoil in our country and around the world right now, especially politically. When chaos abounds we may momentarily lose our center in Christ. This week let’s use the simple letter from John the Elder to remind us of who we are.

“At first the practice of inward prayer is a process of alternation of attention between outer things and the Inner Light. Preoccupation with either brings the loss of the other. Yet what is sought is not alternation, but simultaneity, worship undergirding every moment, living prayer, the continuous current and background of all movements of life. Long practice indeed is needed before alternation yields to concurrent immersion in both levels at once. The “plateaus in the learning curve” are so long, and many falter and give up, assenting to alternation as the best that they can do. And no doubt in His graciousness God gives us God’s gifts, even in intermittent communion, and touches us into flame, far beyond our achievements and deserts. But the hunger of the committed one is for unbroken communion and adoration, and we may be sure God longs for us to find it and supplements our weakness. For our quest is of God’s initiation, and is carried forward in God’s tender power and completed by God’s grace.”

Thomas R. Kelly, A Testament of Devotion

The depths of the Water stage aren’t always new, profound truths previously unknown. Rather, they are often simple truths more deeply experienced. Try reading the whole book (it’s just one chapter) every day this week. Focus in on the excerpt above. Read it several times and take an extended rest with these words. Read them slowly. Let them sit in you as you sit with them.

Suggestion for Action

Finally, receive the words from John the Elder as words from someone who experienced “water” himself. Receive this promise as you enter your day.

Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve.