Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 17, 2005
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our new book
of daily devotions, "Living as the Beloved:
One Day at a Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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"Again, the realm of heaven is like a merchant in
search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of
great value, went and sold all that he had and bought
I have a bumper sticker on my car that invites people
to commit random acts of kindness and senseless acts
of beauty. I have often thought that the saying should
be changed to commit many acts of kindness and constant
acts of beauty.
The world is full of many beautiful things. Sunrises
and sunsets are freely available on a daily basis for
those with the eyes to see. I once had a blind
roommate who taught me about this. She lost her
sight as a child, but never forgot her colors. She
was not afraid to ask her sighted friends to describe
the skies and everything they saw.
The pearl merchant brings us a different perspective.
He was an expert in his field who appreciated priceless
treasure. The kingdom of heaven is like a pearl merchant
who finds one pearl of enormous value. It is worth all
his earthly possessions.
A personal relationship with God is the most valuable
relationship we can have in this world. But God cannot
be bought. The good news of God is freely available to
the poorest person in the world. Rich or poor, God is
lovely to be with. A life with God is worth everything.
It is like finding one pearl of great value.
God, thank you for being beautiful in a world that can
sometimes be ugly. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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