Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 25, 2009
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 25, 2009
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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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"And Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority in
heaven and on earth has been given to me.'"
In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist
attacks, many prayers were said in many faiths and
in many languages during that time of global grief.
As someone who is committed to respectful interfaith
dialogue and ministry, I began speaking about this
tragedy as a distinctly Christian minister. I
realized all our voices were needed to offer solace
and comfort to a grieving and shocked nation and
world where thousands of different world religions
struggle to coexist peacefully.
In the difficult days immediately following
September 11, my personal faith in Jesus Christ
was what sustained and encouraged me. As the
rubble from the World Trade Center buildings and
Pentagon gradually settled, I found myself
frequently on line gazing into the eyes of a
beloved Russian icon painted in Svenigorod, Russia,
by the famous fifteenth century artist Andrei Rublev.
It was the compassionate face of Christ, the
To gaze into this beautiful face is to see the face
of God, a face that war, injustice, hatred, betrayal,
and violence cannot remove from our world. To look
into the compassionate eyes of this icon is to
experience the kindness and unlimited goodness and
love of God. It is a face full of love and strength,
courage and comfort. It is a holy face that reminds
us of God's deep compassion for a suffering humanity.
It is a sacred face worthy of contemplation for
Christians, Muslims, Jews, and Buddhists.
In a religiously pluralistic world full of competing
voices calling for your allegiance, what faith
sustains you in times of chaos and pain? What
divine authority do you answer to and call on for
help? Consider trusting Jesus Christ as your ultimate
authority, and you will find direction, strength,
solace, courage, and hope in your times of need.
God, bless us with renewed faith and trust in Jesus
Christ. Teach us how to live under Christ's divine
authority, leadership, and guidance in our daily
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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