23 Let us hold on firmly to the hope we profess, because we can trust God to keep his promise. 24 Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. 25 Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer. Hebrews 10:23-25 (TEV)
973 Those words whispered at the proper time in the ear of your wavering friend; that helpful conversation you manage to start at the right moment; the ready advice that improves his studies; and the discreet indiscretion by which you open for him unsuspected horizons for his zeal—all that is the “apostolate of friendship.” (1)
I often think of the passage from Hebrews above as one talking about our church gatherings- our worship services, our Bible Studies.
But this week, as those services cause me to struggle – I also think about it as the meals I have shared with others at this convention. The young teacher from Canada, the pastor’s wife from Detroit, the breakfasts with those from my district.
Those have been the benefot of being here. as some have helped me in my struggles – as others I’ve been able to help. They weren’t the reason I came – yet…. they are the reason I am here.
As you go through this day – realize God has set your calendar full of people you are to encourage, people you are to gather with, meet with, invest the time God has given you… and rejoice – where you are gathered with them…. God is there as well.
Cry out together, “Lord, have mercy…” and sit back and watch as He reveals the wonders of His love!
Escriva, Josemaria (2010-11-02). The Way (Kindle Locations 2253-2255). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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Posted on July 24, 2013, in Devotions and tagged Concordia Lutheran Church Cerritos, friendship, God, Jesus, practicing the presence of God, St. Josemaria Escriva, Time Management, Worship. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.