BREATHE IN HIS LIFE
The outer shell of a grain breaks away to reveal the real seed within that will bring forth a new life from the earth. Let us fall into God who is the very ground of our being and allow his word of love to be birthed in us anew.
What condition is the soil of my soul in today?
PRAYER – BREATHE IN HIS LIFE
Show me, Lord, and teach me the path of life where Your face is shining upon mine, where my feet know where to go and where I can serve You this day. In Your brightness, reveal my darkness that must break away.
I know my preoccupations are not focused on serving Your heart. You have shown me the right way, the way to walk humbly, to act justly, and to love mercy. I confess that this is not in the forefront of my mind.
Forgive me, Lord, for my own need for protection and for my projection of what I think is right.
BREATHE IN HIS LIFE
May that part of me, the outer shell, break away so Your light may break forth.
Let me see your path of life before me.
Let me see the poor and vulnerable around me who I often ignore. Spur my heart to action with the same kindness and compassion that You have shown me.
Thanks be to God, for Your mercy is new this morning.
Together with one voice, Your people cry out for Your mercy, justice, and humility.
Lead us on, O Spirit of Love!
Questions For Reflection
1. What is the condition of the soil of your soul?
2. What does your soul’s soil most need?
- The living water of Jesus?
- The nutrients of the Scripture?
- The planting of seed through prayer?
- The light of God’s Love?
- The warmth of community?
- The preparation and tilling of winter-hardened soil through reconciliation?
- The weeding of sin?
3. Spend a little time thinking about the soil of your soul. Explore the metaphor of gardening and the exquisite sacrifice of prayer.
Denise and her husband Daniel have pioneered and pastored two Vineyard churches in California since 1980. For several years, they worked alongside missionaries in Europe in a debriefing ministry. Denise received her certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith and currently serves part-time as an associate pastor at Cambria Vineyard Church in California.
Denise offers spiritual direction, leads spiritual formation groups and guided retreats, and with her husband, hosts The Cambria Sea Star, a retreat guesthouse on their property. Denise is also a Benedictine Oblate at the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur. Art, poetry, and gardening are her sacred spaces.
33 Biblical "One Anothers"
Pray through these 33 One Another Verses, meditating on what it means to “love one another deeply from the heart” as we learn to selflessly walk each other home.