This week Phoenix Affirmation 2: Listening for God’s Word which comes through daily prayer and meditation, through studying the ancient testimonies which we call Scripture, and through attending to God’s present activity in the world; I invite you to look up these two bible verses: 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 13:12
When it was time to begin his public ministry, Jesus went into the local synagogue and went forward to read from the Talmud (the Old Testament) . He opened the scroll and ready from book of Isaiah 35: 4-6:
“Say to those with anxious heart, “Take courage, fear not, Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you. Then the eyes of the blind will be opened and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will shout for joy. For waters will break forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.”
Jesus went on to show us what can happen when Love is allowed to show itself in its fullness. Not only were the eyes and ears of the infirmed opened in the physical sense, but eyes and ears are opened in the Spiritual sense transforming lives to this very day. My personal history has been filled with joys, wonders and overcoming as well as sorrow, pain and struggle. Over the years I have grown Keenly aware of my interdependent relationship with God and others. With my spiritual eyes and ears open I can say with confidence, “All things work together for the good, for those who love God and who are called according to His [the Divine] purpose.” (Romans 8:28) My relationship with God empowers me to press on knowing there is a plan with a “future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) This truth encourages me and allows me to be awake and intentional so that I can discover purpose and meaning, with God, my family of origin, the faith community and the world.
My relationship with God allows me to reflect on the episodes of my life where I can see how ‘LOVE’s [GOD’S] power has been manifesting in me more devotion and more love and compassion. I Love God and believe God’s revelation of Love is at the core of the Divine nature; out of which flows the truth that leads to justice and mercy and the profound sense of community.
My personal story with all its ups and downs, sufferings and celebrations are a testament to a God who looks upon me as a “beloved daughter. This revelation is what drives my passion in ministry to be an instrument whereby others may come to realize their own belovedness and dignity as human persons. Ultimately, if we understand ourselves as belonging to God and that God belongs to us and we belong to each other, we can remain hopeful when we are in the midst of adversity, loss and betrayal.
What is it that feeds my faith? It is the Holy Scriptures. I am fascinated and amazed by the fact that they are a compilation of legends, myths, histories, prophesies, poems and personal stories, all relating to the reality of God and human existence. The fact that Jesus went to the scriptures to inform the world of his ministry further gives weight to their importance. When I study the ways people have discerned and interpreted God’s presence with them, I am often impressed and surprised how the authenticity of their encounters affirm and confirm what I perceive to be my own encounters with the One who loves beyond measure. It is for this reason I accept and call the Books of the Bible sacred text.
When I first began reading the Bible, it was daunting because in my ignorance, I had assumed a single person wrote it, in a single lifetime. Then when I found out that It is the only compilation that has many authors and was written over 4000 years of history. I see God in it because it is still here, still intact and still changing people’s lives. I see the text from the point of view that God’s greatest desire is for the human family to rediscover that we belong to each other in a community of oneness. It is with this perspective, that I approach Scripture with a ‘God is still speaking’ mindset. Ultimately, I am looking for the DNA of God where God’s Love is manifested in power and transformation.
What are your sacred texts? What have been your impressions of the Bible? All Questions, Doubts and Inquires welcome!!!!