Today’s Lenten word comes from Philippians 4:1-13 NRSV
1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about[f] these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
10 I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned for me, but had no opportunity to show it. 11 Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Today’s meditation word(s) is keep on doing. It comes from the Greek word prassó meaning to do, to practice.
Yesterday, I wrote moving forward I found new communities and people to help me with my transforming faith and belief. It doesn’t end there. I understand that my belief will keep changing as I learn more about God and my faith by reading, conversing, and experiencing.
Salvation is not my goal anymore of why I believe what I believe. It is embodying God’s love by finding a connection to people of different backgrounds; welcoming, accepting, and affirming them for who they are, etc. It sounds easy. Most of the time, it’s hard to connect and show God’s love to people who believe differently than I do especially people who believe what I used to believe. I find it easier to connect with people in different faith traditions than Christians who believe differently as I do. How do I embody God’s love to people from who I feel distant?
What did I learned, received, heard, and seen that I have to keep doing? Maybe, it is to keep on learning who and what God is. Maybe it is to keep on trying to learn and act what love is. Maybe, it is to keep on welcoming, accepting, and affirming all people. Maybe, it is listening to the voices of the marginalized.
What did you learned, received, heard, and seen that I have to keep doing?