448Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 12, 2006
- Nov 11, 2006Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 12, 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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"Blessed be the God and Parent of our Lord Jesus Christ!
By God's great mercy we have been given a new birth into
a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ
from the dead, and into an inheritance that is
imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven
for you, who are being protected by the power of God
through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in
the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for
a little while you have had to suffer various trials,
so that the genuineness of your faith, being more
precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested
by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory
and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although
you have not seen Christ, you love him; and even though
you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice
with an indescribable and glorious joy."
1 Peter 1:3-8
Our faith is priceless. Our yearning for God takes
many expressions in the world. Yet I am distinctly
Christian and my most nourishing forms of food for my
soul come through the Gospels and other New Testament
writings. I marvel at the wonderful words of Jesus.
For me, he is the light of the world, the bread of
life, the truth, and the best way to God. I have
never seen him yet I love him. I have found my faith
in Christ sweeter than honey, more precious than gold
and silver. It is priceless!
Our spiritual yearnings can be satisfied with Christ's
words. Chew, savor, enjoy, and linger with them through
the banquet table of the Gospels. Reheat them, serve
them in different ways. Meditate, reflect, imagine
yourselves in the stories, and share them with your
friends. There is something for everyone.
Yet through the study and exposure of other religions
and cultures, we quickly learn how similar we are in
our yearning for sacred faith.
Although I am distinctly Christian, I love participating
in interfaith worship services and events. For years I
have actively learned a great deal from the major world
religions. They enhance my own spiritual expression and
growth. When in the Orient, I respectfully visited many
Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. While in the
Persian Gulf, I brought groups of sailors to several
Moslem mosques. In other countries I have visited
Hindu temples, Chinese roadside shrines, and many
different Christian churches.
One year I was invited to participate in an interfaith
Pride service. For the service, I helped develop a
creative call to worship with a group who used Tibetan
singing bowls. Those wonderful bowls helped us pray
and worship as Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists,
Wiccans, and Catholics of all sexual orientations in
unity and peace.
Soul food comes in many different forms and shapes.
I am deeply enriched by other faith traditions. They
have much to offer me and help my inner growth.
Likewise, they are enriched by my precious faith!
We are on a spiritual journey together. We have
different paths, but we all search for meaning and
dignity in our lives. Respect is a holy word. We
can live together in peace and unity. Cherish your
faith. It will sustain you in times of need and
Oh God, people from all walks of life search for you.
We yearn for precious faith that offers us a living
hope. As we celebrate our Christian faith, help us
always respect other traditions. Teach us how to
live together in peace. Amen.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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