Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Sept. 9, 2007
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of September 9, 2007
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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Be very careful
"Woe to you, blind guides, who say, 'Whoever swears
by the sanctuary is bound by nothing, but whoever
swears by the gold of the sanctuary is bound by the
oath.' You blind fools! For which is greater, the
gold or the sanctuary that has made the gold sacred?
And you say, 'Whoever swears by the altar is bound
by nothing, but whoever swears by the gift that is
on the altar is bound by the oath.' How blind you
are! For which is greater, the gift or the altar
that makes the gift sacred? So whoever swears by
the altar, swears by it and by everything on it;
and whoever swears by the sanctuary, swears by it
and by the one who dwells in it; and whoever swears
by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by the
one who is seated upon it."
I believe it was Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
who said, "Be very careful what you set your heart
upon, for you will surely have it." Set your heart
upon loving and serving God. Honor your oaths, vows,
and promises to God. Today's verses remind us to
be very careful indeed. Are we serving as blind
spiritual guides? Does money blind us? Or have
we blinded others by our own idolization of money?
Have we valued anything more than our vows, oaths,
and promises to God? Have we compromised our
spiritual integrity for personal greed?
Life is a spiritual marathon. A photograph of a
blind man running a marathon with a sighted partner,
which I saw in a running magazine with an advertisement
for the Marine Corps Marathon, deeply influenced me
many years ago. The blind man wore a large sign
pinned to his chest that said, "BLIND." I marveled
at his courage and faith in his running partner to
run 26.2 grueling miles. He trusted his partner's
clear vision as well as his faithful and protective
presence. The blind man could not have run the race
with a sightless guide in that jostling crowd of
thousands of fellow marathoners. He needed a sighted
guide to finish the race.
In much the same way, we benefit by having clear
sighted and reliable spiritual guides who offer us
their experience and wisdom. Be selective and seek
guides known for their integrity and trustworthiness.
However, even the best spiritual mentors can
disappoint. But Jesus Christ will never let you
down or abandon you when the going gets tough.
Whatever your circumstances, follow his guidance
and you will find sure footing along with growing
spiritual clarity and perception. You might be
astonished at how God might bring seekers and
believers into your life, seeking your experiences
in the spiritual life, drawn to you because Christ
is your guide in life.
God, give us eyes to see this warning. Give us
spiritual insight to respond to it. Help us heed
the words of Christ today and be wise spiritual
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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