Today’s Bible Reading and an Excerpt

2 John

Greetings from the children of your sister, chosen by God.

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.

“…this total Instruction proceeds in two opposing directions at once. We are torn loose from earthly attachments and ambitions – contemptus mundi. And we are quickened to a divine but painful concern for the world – ador mundi. He plucks the world out of our hearts, loosening the chains of attachment. And He hurls the world into our hearts, where we and He together carry it in infinitely tender love.

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.

Greetings from the children of your sister, chosen by God.