Joy in the Valley

A Prayer

Awesome God of abundance, root me in your eternal well of strength, balance and love. Remind me to move only as far as you have prepared the way. Teach me to wait on you until you fill me back up. Do not allow my impatience to place other people in my heart space which only you can fill. Fill my heart until it is overflowing with your love and let me live there always.  AMEN

Romans 5-8

Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.

Romans 9-11

But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!

Rev. M. Dele, is founder of Nature’s Friends and board member of VA Interfaith Power & Light. With UCC and Baptist affiliations, she weaves her roles as meditation teacher, Permaculturist, storyteller, and Climate Reality leader into a social fabric which redeems soil and souls together.