Shaped by God
Monday, March 27
Dave Tuttle, member of RPC since 1998
This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. - Psalm 118:24 (RSV)
The Lenten Season is an ideal time to look back at the life of Jesus and especially his 40 day journey to the cross. It is also a time we can reflect on our personal lives, examining our spiritual growth on how God has been shaping and blessing us. Reflecting on my personal spiritual journey, I believe God has used my awareness of the following life experiences to help "shape" my continuing spiritual development.
As an infant, I was adopted by loving and Christian parents and still remember on Saturday evenings my mother preparing her Sunday school lesson plan for the 9th grade Sunday school class she taught for so many years. What a wonderful example of Christian dedication.
As a young adult, my life was spared while serving in the infantry in Viet Nam. The gift of life from God.
As a husband, the blessing of a loving and caring spouse. A gift that is cherished daily.
As a parent, asking God to guide and protect my children. A prayer that is continually answered.
I love life and am thankful for all my many God given blessings and for the aforementioned experiences that have helped develop my spiritual awareness. Psalm 118:24 from the Revised Standard Version is one of my favorites: This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Several years ago Marijo and I were participants of a small group Bible study course, Companions in Christ. One of our exercises was to develop a daily "breathe prayer". Mine was quite simple:
Our Heavenly Father, help me to know You, to love You, to honor You, and to praise You; and to do things that are pleasing to You. Amen.
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