Draw Near To God: Day Eight

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Day Eight:  Responding to God

I lift up my eyes to you,

to you whose throne is in heaven.

As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,

as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress,

so our eyes look to the Lord our God,

till he shows us his mercy.

Psalm 123: 1-2

Sometimes the way to draw close to God comes from serving others. When we feed or give or help or love other people we begin to open our hearts to God’s Love in new ways.

The moment we look up to God (and not over at Him, or down on Him) we are in a posture of servitude.  Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

A person will suffocate if she just keeps breathing in. . .  The Jewish name for the Holy One, literally unspeakable, is “Yahweh” which we now believe was an imitation of the sound of breathing in and breathing out.  It could not be uttered but only breathed.  The sacred name of God is already revealing the deepest pattern of all reality, which is the cycle of taking in and giving back out.  Richard Rohr, Breathing Under Water

The music of divine love plays uniquely in each person’s life.  Through individual personalities and personal life events, the goodness of God takes on a melody all its own.  The song of God needs an instrument to give it shape and voice . . . We are called to be instruments through which the melody of God takes shape.  Through our lives God’s love seeks to dance and make music for the world.  Joyce Rupp

A natural response to God’s love is to share that love with others.  How do you serve? Has it made you closer to God?

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

James 4:8

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  1. Kerry
    September 8, 2013 at 7:29 am (7 years ago)

    The simple act of serving – whether we recognize it as service at the time – is a peace offering and allows people to glimpse Jesus. I find whether I’m actively serving through volunteer ministries or performing a random act that I always end up feeling better and find that closeness to Jesus that sometimes feels elusive. Blessings to all on this beautiful day that the Lord has made!

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  2. bennetta faire
    September 8, 2013 at 5:07 pm (7 years ago)

    Feeding my neighbor is probably my most frequent act of service. Please pray for him–he’s been missing almost a week, and is afflicted with schizophrenia. I posted my poem, “Praying for Tyler”, if you’re interested.

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