Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 1, 2006
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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"Beloved, let us love one another, because love is
from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows
1 John 4:7
Welcome to a new year with all its promise and
potential. If I could give you only one word for
the year, it would be "beloved." The late Henri
Nouwen wrote, "Being the Beloved expresses the
core truth of our existence." (Nouwen, Henri.
"Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a
Secular World," p. 28.) But how do we live as
the Beloved? I think my grandmother might have
had an answer.
If I listed the ten people who have most influenced
my life, my grandmother would be at the top of that
list. It was Voltaire who noted that common sense
is not so common. Common sense was my grand-mother's
great virtue, in addition to her hearty sense of
humor. Her favorite saying was "One day at a time,
dear Lord, one day at a time." She would often
remind me to "keep looking up!" Her spiritual
wisdom and common sense have stayed with me for
more than forty years.
Grandma was a courageous woman who came to North
America from Norway with her family during the
Great Depression. She never had the opportunity
to finish grammar school. She was well acquainted
with sorrow, having buried her first-born on her
first Christmas Day in a new country. Grandma's
marriage lasted seventy-two years. When she prayed,
I lived with her and Grandpa during my early
seminary career. Together we cared for my mother
as she struggled with breast cancer. We also
cared for Grandpa during this difficult time.
He was both speechless and paralyzed from a
series of strokes. Every evening Grandma would
prepare him for bed. Before sleeping, she would
sit at his bedside, hold his hand and pray for
all her family by name. And she would softly
sing, "One day at a time, dear Lord, one day
at a time. Help me keep looking up." She was
living as the Beloved.
Usually New Year's resolutions are broken or
forgotten within days. But if you want this
year to be different from all others, commit
yourself to an experiment with God for the next
365 days. Use the word "beloved" as your
centering breath prayer and mantra. Let this
word grow into two words, quietly breathing in
the word "be," while exhaling the word "loved."
Invite these words to become your daily prayer.
Do this and your life will be transformed. And
keep looking up.
God, bless me as your beloved child. Help me be
loved this year with every breath. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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