This morning I woke up and began to do my daily common prayer and was totally blessed by the reading and feel divinely obliged to share.
During this moment of crisis, many are continually wondering what they should be doing. In the very least, I hope you have challenged yourself to use this timely wisely and worthily. So, as I sit in self-isolation and practice healthy social-distancing, I desire that many would be touched by God in this moment. How can we all truly be the priesthood of Believer’s during this time, a time when the “healing of the nations” is very much needed?
So this morning I opened my prayer books to the wrong date?!?! Today is not the 29th, but the 27th! But consider the wisdom that was shared.
In the Daily Bread reading, Jesus’s words in John chapter 15 were mentioned, “I am the Vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit”. This was coupled with the challenging questions:
What does it mean for you to remain in Jesus?
How has He equipped you to bear fruit for Him?
I do encourage you to consider these questions today.
Now couple that wisdom with what was revealed through my Common Prayer reading:
“Since once again, Lord, I have neither bread, nor wine, nor altar, I will raise myself beyond these symbols, up to the pure majesty of the real itself; I, your priest, will make the whole earth my altar and on it I will offer you all the labors and suffering of the world”. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, 20th century Jesuit philosopher
Lord God, we give you thanks that no building can house You fully and no place of worship can contain Your majesty. Teach us by our deeds of peace and justice and joyful celebration to erect altars in the world, so that when some other soul comes across them, they will see that you are indeed present everywhere. – Common Prayer
God’s “healing of the nations”, the “pure majesty of the real itself, is demonstrated through our individual lives, outside of corporate worship, as we seek peace, justice, and joyful celebration, thus erecting altars, always remaining in Him and Him in us. We must continually discern our methods of remaining in Jesus (“spiritual disciplines”) and how he has equipped us to bear fruit (areas we might serve) to place in “praise” upon His altar (see, Hebrews 13:15-16).
In your prayers and actions today, erect altars demonstrating the presence of God for others to see.
In Service to Him,
Pastor Michael Miano
The Blue Point Bible Church
Source: Miano Gone Wild