Thursday, January 21, 2010

From my daily devotional...

I subscribe to a daily devotional email called The Upper Room. Today's was especially timely and profound, and I want to share it with all of you:

"I read again in the gospel of John the interesting conversation between Mary Magdalene and Jesus [after his resurrection]. Jesus tells Mary, "Don't hold on to me!" This is deeply significant. Often, we try to hold on to God in various ways -- through our theologies or our positions on issues. We continue to imagine that we are in charge, that we can keep God near by holding our position. But this limits God, at least in our lives.

Resurrection faith relinquishes the desire to control God. Instead of trying to hold on to God, define God, keep God in a box, we are asked to let go and allow God to hold on to us. Doing this is a huge step of faith. But Jesus reminds us that the life we seek is found in a life of surrender to God.

O God, help us let go of our desire to control our lives and to define who you are and limit what you can do. Please hold on to us, especially in our uncertainty. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen."

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