Early Sunday I was walking through the park when I came upon two individuals having a conversation. Now admittedly I did not hear the entirety of their conversation, but this is what I did hear: “…no one knows what is going to happen, so we need to hang on to our money, hang on to our guns, and hang on to our Bible."
I do not know if this person was a Christ follower or not but as one who is trying to live Jesus (not always successfully) I found the statement disconcerting—especially in light of the life of Jesus and the teaching in the Sermon on the Mount.
What is your reaction re: this list of things to hang on to?
What do you hang on to for safety, protection, security?
What helps you hand on to (fix your eyes on) Jesus in uncertain times?
What tends to hinder you in turning to and hanging on to Jesus during difficult/uncertain times? Share your struggle with God who is with you, within you—loving you into this moment and the next and the next....
I leave you with this prayer penned by St Ignatius in the 16 century. I am challenged by this prayer and long that the truth of the last two lines would resonate deeply within my heart.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding and my entire will,
all I have in call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours.
Do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace.
That is enough for me.
Lord have mercy.
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