Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 1, 2012
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 1, 2012
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Happy New Year! May 2012 be filled with every good
thing for you all!
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
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, God listened!
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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